Quercus oblongifolia | Coastal Southern California
A thirty-six inch box Mexican Blue Oak (Q. oblongifolia) growing in a nursery in coastal southern California. After planting into the landscape, it is ideal if a tree can be grown with low branches in place for as long as is practicable, depending on needed access clearances around the tree. These are temporary branches, and are ideally kept until a minimum of 2" in diameter, but no more than 4 inches in diameter. These temporary branches should be shortened regularly to keep them in check, until the desired removal girth is reached.