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Beginning in the spring of 2011 Pacific Horticulture ran a series of articles titled “Striving for Diversity” that focused on encouraging gardeners to expand the variety of trees planted in their landscape. Botanist and series contributor Matt Ritter had this to say about his vision for the series:
We need more diversity in tree planting. Why? Our mild climate allows for it, diversity is more interesting and beautiful, and diverse plantings are safer, making the urban forest more resilient to onslaughts of pests and diseases. Yet, most trees sold and planted in California come from a list of no more than a hundred or so species. A recently published survey of approved planting lists for California municipalities showed that only twenty-six percent of the tree species currently grown in the state are approved for future planting. Given the relatively risky nature of the nursery and landscape industries, it is, perhaps, not surprising that growers and designers are often hesitant to experiment with new trees. However, if we plant only trees that we know will succeed, we are likely to become mired in a horticultural rut without ever discovering new species that might prove to be of g...

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