Glendora Bougainvillea

Glendora, California

The vines of the Glendora Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spectabilis and Bougainvillea glabra), which were planted at the turn of the century, cover the lower portion of twenty-five, ninety-foot tall palm trees (Washingtonia robusta) and comprise the largest growth of bougainvillea in the United States.
The plantings originally bordered two sides of an orange grove likely planted circa 1890. Such a display of tropical plants helped further the image of California as a paradise and was common to citrus ranches throughout the state from 1895 to 1940. While California’s early citrus industry has all but vanished, the Glendora Bougainvillea remain as a significant living emblem of that era.


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