Includes bibliographical references (pages 465-526) and index.
Part One. Redwoods : The Value of Longevity -- Twilight of the giants -- The perpetual last stand -- Part Two. Eucalypts : The Taxonomy of Belonging -- Immigration and naturalization -- Natives, aliens, and (bio)diversity -- Part Three. Citruses : The Industry of Growth -- Orange revolution -- Cultural costs -- Part Four. Palms : The Ecology of Style -- Cosmopolitan fronds -- Aesthetic infrastructure -- Epilogue -- Appendix: Common and Scientific Names of Species.
Describes how the first settlers in California changed the brown landscape there by creating groves, wooded suburbs and landscaped cities through planting eucalypts in the lowlands, citrus colonies in the south and palms in Los Angeles.