San Pedro's 22nd St park

Juli and I visited the 22nd St park yesterday. The park was dedicated by mayor Villaraigosa just a few days ago, so it's an example of current philosophies in park design.

Of course there is a vast expanse of green turf lawn, but it's bordered by a bioswale on the harbor side. The harbor is just a stone's throw away.

The bioswale has jute netting with a flower planting that I don't recognize. Could be a native. The usual weeds have already infiltrated.

At the margins of the park - the hillside at the back, adjacent to the parking lot, and in borders there's native plants. Achillea millefolium (yarrow) in profusion, juncus (I thought it would require more water than it seems it will get), Muhlenbergia rigens (deergrass), and a couple others that I didn't know (see below). Feel free to chime in with the names.

Here's what the part bordering the parking lot looks like. I think I see yarrow, juncus, and bunch grass as ground covers. All in all, the ground covers appear reasonable choices.

However, the shrubs and trees seem odd choices. I don't recognize this shrub, but it looks like a desert plant. Maybe someone in blogland can identify them with authority.

The one below looks like a Palo Verde plant. I hope that someone didn't chose this desert tree for a seaside location because of a coincidence in names with the nearby community of Palos Verdes - I believe that community is called Palos Verdes because it was once surrounded by marshland that grew reeds which had the appearance of green sticks (palos verdes).

There's also what appears to be a Eucalyptus, but which could be yet another American desert plant.

Here's the funnier thing - many of those trees and shrubs are planted in the midst of the turf lawn. I don't know that they will do very well with that amount of water.

- Posted at great expense from my iPhone


  1. The unidentified bunch grass may be a brome. Just a guess.

  2. I think the 4th picture down is Anemopsis californica (yerba mansa). The last picture looks like an Australian tree called Pittosporum phillyreoides (willow pittosporum). The one before this - I am going way out on a limb with this one - may be Acacia stenophylla (shoestring acacia). The others I can't see well enough to be quite so reckless as to hazard a guess.

  3. Thank you so much, Barbara. I believe that you've identified the Anemopsis californica correctly, as well as the Pittosporum phillyreoides based on some images that I was able to Google. Like you, I'm not so sure on the Acacia.

    I'm sorry the pictures aren't better. That's one of the drawbacks of the iPhone - the camera isn't the best and then the pictures get further degraded when they are uploaded.

    Still, it's a handy little device.

  4. From www.portoflosangeles.org


    -500 Trees, including: Coobah Willow Acacia, Flooded Gum, Australian Tea Tree, New Zealand Christmas Tree and lilac Melaleuca
    -1,700 shrubs, including: Brewer Saltbush, Bull Clover, California Sealavender, Yellowray Goldfields and Carpet Acacia

    In the bioswale is Yellowray Goldfields and some Lupine is coming up.