Citracado Dental Group - Escondido
500 West El Norte Parkway, Escondido, California
This is the area on Iris Lane where the building towards the back parking area is where Citracado Dental Group's clientele actually arrive to enter the building. I love this Spanish Mission Style with the Southern California Native plants. Not big on real Missions, but love the romantic architectural style just the same.
This front view on El Norte Parkway incorporates Bunch Grasses, Manzanita, California Holly (Toyon), Cleveland Sage, and low growing and spreading Ceanothus. I think when it comes to bunch grasses, you can use any type of Southwestern variety. This place has also always had native annual plants blooming every Spring.
Here view westward on El Norte at the end of the property we have a bit of a Riparian Theme going on within the Native Plant scheme with California Sycamore and White Alder in the background. One note each on both of these trees. First, I've never really found many truly ideal locations for White Alder in interior valley landscapes. Don't get me wrong, I do like White Alder, but older trees have greater water requirements than when they are young. In Southern California Riparian habitats, White Alder ONLY truly does well where permanent water is flowing above ground. I have never seen them doing well or being present for that matter in a dry wash, riverbed or alluvial fan where water was 10 foot or deeper under the ground. No problem for Cottonwoods, some Willows, Ash, Box Elder and Sycamore trees which will penetrate into the subsoil and tap into the moisture layers. White Alders are better with permanent water and really large shallow roots which will bind many boulders together to hold together river or stream banks better than most other riparian trees. It should be noted that even heat is not an issue as long as generous water requirements are met. I remember in the early 1980s when Tahquitz Creek which flowed off Mount Jacinto and in through downtown Palm Springs when ice cold water flowed all year long, temperatures were often 110 Fahrenheit. There was never any leaf burn whatsoever. California Sycamores are another one of those interesting tough survival trees, especially considering they are for the most part a riparian species plant. Very very wetter than normal season period of two or three years are first important for their young early growth. After that normal or even drier than normal rainfall years seem no problem if roots have done there deep penetration job. More on this in two other posts, one dealing strictly with Sycamores and another dealing with Bajadas or Alluvial Fans and the periodic wetter season periods that use to be more common, but contain important landscape lessons for plant establishment in Urban Landscapes.