- Author: Dennis Pittenger
[From the August 2015 issue of the UC IPM Green Bulletin]
Q. How much water do landscapes use in California?
A. Landscape irrigation accounts for only about 9% of total statewide developed water use, but the percentage varies widely among communities. Water applied to landscapes is estimated to account for about 50% of residential water consumption statewide, but the amount varies from about 30% in some coastal communities to 60% or more in many inland suburban communities.
Q. Does a landscape have to.../span>
[From the December 2014 issue of the UC IPM Green Bulletin]
Victorian box (Pittosporum undulatum) is an evergreen tree native to Australia that grows moderately fast to about 50 feet high and wide. It was much planted as an ornamental landscape subject in the first half of the 20th century in coastal central and southern California, especially from Santa Barbara to San Diego, where it was used as a lawn or street tree, background, screen, or informal hedge, and prized for its dense canopy, attractive and glossy green foliage, fragrant white flowers,.../span>