It is very interesting to have letter writer Ms. Caffrey inquire into the origins of our thriving but “non-native” trees. I have noticed the beautiful magnolia tree she mentioned many times. It is gratifying to learn that it is a rare specimen and therefore we should be all the more appreciative of it.
I wonder if she can help lay to rest that thorny question from a year or so ago about whether or not palm trees should be allowed to grow up here? There is an interesting 1930 era photo on the wall in Main Street’s Roundtable Pizza of the then new Courthouse on Main Street with small palms planted in front of it.
Meanwhile, many thanks for keeping curiosity alive and well in Placerville, Ms. Caffrey!