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Quercus canbyi | Central Valley

An unusual feature that Q. canbyi brings to California’s landscapes is its colorful semi-evergreen nature. People tend to think that trees are either deciduous, losing their leaves in the winter, or evergreen, retaining green leaves during the winter. Turns out the world is full of trees that fall between these two extremes. Called semi-evergreen, or semi-deciduous, these trees are common in areas that are, more or less, subtropical. Many of these trees have some nice coloration as the old leaves are shed during the winter or very early spring. This picture shows winter color on Q. canbyi.

Dave Muffly