Great Design Plant: Canyon Live Oak
NOT RIGHT PHOTO Botanical name: Quercus chrysolepis Common name: Canyon live oak USDA zones: 7-9 Water requirement: Moderate Sun requirement: Full sun Mature size: 20-40’ h x 20-40’ spread Tolerances: Susceptible to sudden oak death and oak root fungus (brought on by overwatering, especially in summer) Distinguishing traits: It’s a good looking, spreading evergreen tree with a thick canopy of foliage. Distinctive leaves are holly-like, bright green and shiny. Acorns are notably large, up to 2 inches long, with a fuzzy cap. How to use it: Considered one of the most useful and easygoing native oaks, it makes a nice specimen tree or shade tree. Before you plant it: You’ll have to search to find nursery plants; try native specialists (http://www.californiaoaks.org/html/oak_tree_care.html#nurseries). Look into status of sudden oak death in your area (http://www.suddenoakdeath.org).