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Great Design Plant: Coast Live Oak

Coast live oak, November, Los Altos, CA
Photo by Bill Marken

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Bill Marken added this to Great Design Plant: Coast Live Oak
Distinguishing traits. On hilltops and valley floors, its dense canopy of foliage and thick trunk create an unmistakable image of the disappearing agrarian and wild California. The evergreen leaves are oval, stiff and spiny. Note here in this patch of suburban open space that grass doesn't grow beneath the tree, and that fallen leaves create a natural mulch — an attractive and healthy situation to emulate in a garden setting.
Bill Marken added this to How to Give Your Garden More Soul
9. Plant a tree no matter how old you are. There's a Greek proverb, “Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” Actually, I have seen the same thought attributed to many others, including newspaper columnist Walter Lippman and philosopher Edmund Burke. No matter, the thought is a good one. But what tree to plant? It depends on your space and climate. The main thing is that you'll want a tree that will endure. Not a fast-growing, brittle tree like a fruitless mulberry. Not a disease-prone one like an ash. Oaks are classic. My personal choice: coast live oak (although we now have to be concerned about sudden oak death). I haven't planted a live oak of my own. But squirrels have planted five trees for me, in their own way also thinking of future generations. Botanical name: Quercus agrifoliaCommon name: Coast live oakWhere it will grow: Zones 9 to 11 Water requirement: Light; existing trees usually suffer if watered in summerLight requirement: Full sunMature size: Potentially enormous with time — up to 70 feet tall with an equal spreadGrowing tips: It's susceptible to oak root fungus; avoid summer watering. Be aware of sudden oak death, which has been killing thousands (or millions) of Northern California’s coast live oaks and related species for the past two decades.More: A Mom, a Garden and a Gift for the Neighbors

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Anne-Marie Redelinghuys added this to webuser_5968855's Ideas
October 22, 2013
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4868 added this to Trees
September 24, 2013
There's a Greek proverb, “Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
psuggs added this to Landscape Trees
September 22, 2013
9. Plant a tree no matter how old you are. There's a Greek proverb, “Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” Actually, I have seen the same thought attributed to many others, including newspaper columnist Walter Lippman and philosopher Edmund Burke.
terijean98 added this to Ranch
September 22, 2013
Paraphrasing a greek proverb ... Society grows great when an old man plantsman tree that he knows he will never sit under the shade of.
wildwood201 added this to wildwood201's ideas
September 22, 2013
proverb
linda4lsu added this to linda4lsu's ideas
September 21, 2013
the live oak in a rural setting
annabelfaris added this to Plants
December 5, 2012
Coast Live Oak #2
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