Tree Blog

Quercus tomentella | Coastal Southern California

When young, Island Oak (Quercus tomentella) can be rather awkward and gawky, although the trees are invariably nicely shaped with maturity. Other oak, notably Interior Live Oak (Quercus wislizenii) display a similar pattern. In fact, sometimes it seems as though the true trees that begin life with a gawky growth habit can then grow to be some of the most spectacular in old age. It has been noted that human beings are prone to the same syndrome. Here we see thirty-six inch box Island Oaks growing at a nursery in coastal southern California. Because of the density of its foliage and upright growth habit, Island Oak is an excellent choice for a large scale privacy screen in many parts of California.

Dave Muffly