Pleistocene Scrub

Plant communities change as the climate shifts. The Pleistocene scrub is an exhibition of a plant community which existed in the Los Angeles Basin as documented in the La Brea Tar Pits. The cooler climate during the Pleistocene created novel plant communities where cypresses, manzanita, and coast prickly pears all grew together. As our current climate shifts, we can better understand how to plan our future plantings by investigating the past.

Plants you can find in this garden room:


Bigberry manzanita

Cliff Spurge

Gowen cypress

Piute cypress

Purple needlegrass

Rainbow manzanita

Refugio manzanita