Tree Blog

Quercus trojana | Davis

At the Shields Grove in Davis stands a symmetrical and moderately sized oak, clearly related to Turkey Oak (Quercus cerris), and therefore likely to be in the Cerris Oak subgenus. On Shields Grove maps, the tree is marked Quercus trojana, though that name is now shared with several larger and clearly different Cerris Oaks growing in the Grove. We will be calling the oak shown here Quercus trojana, understanding that there are multiple, closely-related species, including the Lebanon Oak (Quercus lebani). Regardless, this tree performs well in the Grove, and provides a size, and drought adaptation, which are quite useful in urban California.

Dave Muffly