About Quercus agrifolia (Coast Live Oak)
This American classic and California Native is called Quercus agrifolia, or commonly known as the Coast Live Oak. While called Coast Live Oak, this tree is rarely found near the ocean and prefers the heat of inland temperatures with the benefits of coastal proximity. Quercus agrifolia is a slow-growing multi-branch tree that can live hundreds of years, reaching an average mature landscape size of 20-70′ by 25-80′. Its rounded growth habit and overall size that makes for an excellent shade tree. Its leaves are ovate-shaped growing between 1-3″ long with slightly serrated edges and are accompanied by inconspicuous flowers in the springtime. Reddish-brown acorns can be found growing on this tree, growing as large as 2-3 cm long by 1-2 cm wide. Aside from its classic look and massive growth capability, this variety has interesting bark and welcomes a variety of birds and butterflies greatly supporting the local ecosystem.
Planting and care instructions
Plant Quercus agrifolia in an area that receives full sun, watering regularly after planting to establish a healthy root system. You can reduce the frequency to once weekly thereafter. As a drought-tolerant tree, a watering schedule can continue to be reduced to once monthly after the first year.
Landscape design ideas
Due to the massive size of this tree, Quercus agrifolia is an excellent choice for City parks, street medians, or in landscape designs seeking to fill large areas.