And how the scales on the branches grow (I should call them leaves right? But they really seem more like scales)
Here are a couple of dried scales that had fallen on the ground.
You can see a couple of the naked stick-like branches they leave behind in this picture.
Here’s another tree. What I found really interesting about the trees in Long Beach is their generally smaller size. So often the ones we see in Portland are true towering giants. Are these stunted by the cool temps and salt air? Or were they all planted around the same time?
This mature Phormium clump was across the street. It made me realize how much I miss seeing them in Portland, after back to back bad winters you just don’t see clumps like this anymore. I saw a few others that were blooming but didn’t get the camera out in time.
There were a several huge Cordylines in town that looked like this one. Cold enough to kill the Cordy’s but not the Flax, interesting.