The Umbrella tree is one of the most popular shade trees in California, being a rapid grower and of easy propagation, growing freely from seed. Its bright-green foliage, which it carries until late in the season, together with its long sprays of fragrant lilac-colored blossoms make it a general favorite through the warmer districts of the State, where it does exceedingly well excepting very close to the coast. There the fresh sea-wind whips the long pinnate leaves from the exposed side, destroying its symmetry and formal habit.

Propagate by seeds sown, one-quarter of an inch deep, in the Fall; leave them one year in seed-bed and then transplant them into nursery rows where they should be allowed to remain until they are large enough to be planted in permanent quarters.

Mespilus Japonica.