Santa Cruz, California

University of Southern California Arboretum

Situated on what is now the campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz and what was originally part of the vast land holdings of pioneer settler Henry Cowell, the Arboretum occupies one of the most propitious horticultural sites in the world. The climatic and topographic diversity is such as to allow experimentation with amost every species that might be grown along the coast between San Diego and Crescent City, and the diversity of the soils–the underlying rock includes granite, schist, limestone, and several types of sandstone–can scarcely be matched anywhere.Photo: Epacris impressa ‘Bega’ [ info ]

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