Oaktopia

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Quercus kelloggii | Occidental

The California Black Oak, Quercus kelloggii is a widely loved and widely-distributed oak, present mostly in higher elevation regions of the state. Black Oak acorns were prized by the native peoples who lived in the state prior to European colonization. Although the acorns require leaching, as with most acorns, the acorn meal created was the most flavorful of the native oak types. This is a Black Oak growing at the Occidental Arts and Ecology center, in Sonoma County. This winter structure photo shows the lovely symmetry typical of the species.

Dave Muffly