Tree Blog

Quercus rubra | Santa Cruz

A roughly twenty year old Red Oak (Quercus rubra) growing in downtown Santa Cruz, with its deep alluvium and accessible groundwater. The iconic wider than tall structure of true Red Oak is on display, along with a surprising resistance to powdery mildew. While the tree is clearly growing well in favorable conditions, substantial pavement damage was already apparent, and almost certain to increase in future years. To grow well in Santa Cruz, and also over much of the eastern half of the United States, speaks volumes to the adaptability of this species, once its obvious limitations are acknowledged.

Dave Muffly