This tree is a native of Los Angeles and can be found along various water ways in the western United States. It is a deciduous small tree that has long slender leaves and and part of its name is shared by small river that joins the L.A. River close to the park.
drum roll please It is the….Arroyo Willow! Gabrielino Native Americans (the original people who lived in this area) would use the branches of the willow to make bows with. In case you haven’t seen the Arroyo Willow, come on down to L.A. State Historic Park where we have many fine specimens.