Canaries and Washingtonias may be common, and for someone born and bred in SoCal, they were so common as to be ignored when growing up, but where would California be without them - not as "exotic" and different as most all of the other states. It would be like imagining SoFlo and Hawaii without Coco Palms.
Exactly. What would the beach at Santa Monica be like without the Washies and GBOP?. And when you see CIDP,Italian Cypress and Olive tree's with tile roofed homes...and the appropriately named "Mission" (Mission San Jose is about a slow 30 minute drive on this road south) blvd,you have a classic look.