Tree Blog

Quercus calliprinos | Stanford

In October of 2003, I made my first trip to the Shields Oak Grove at the Univ. of California Davis. After securing maps to the grove, we made an initial survey was made of the trees, for possible use in the urban Bay Area. The Levantine Live Oaks (Quercus calliprinos) were producing acorns, and I grabbed a few. I direct-seeded a few of these into Tubex tree shelter sites installed by Magic, a local non-profit, in the preceding years. There were probably a dozen replanted in total. They never received ANY supplemental irrigation - just planted into a protected site. They are still alive today, 15 years later, and healthy. They aren’t big - it's not in their genetics - but they are definitely Mediterranean survivors.

Dave Muffly