Great Design Plant: California Black Oak
Botanical name: Quercus kelloggii Common name: California black oak USDA zones: 7-9 Water requirement: Light Sun requirement: Full sun Mature size: 30-50’ (and more) h x 30-50’ spread Tolerances: Not resistant to sudden oak death Distinguishing traits:. Dark gray, fissured bark (black when wet) inspired the name. Deciduous, deeply lobed leaves are pretty, change with the seasons: pinkish in spring, then deep green, gloriously yellow in fall. The tree’s shape is generally tall and elegant. How to use it: It can make a noble specimen tree in a naturalistic garden. Before you plant it: Look into the status of sudden oak death in your area (http://www.suddenoakdeath.org/). You may find trees at native specialty growers (http://www.californiaoaks.org/html/oak_tree_care.html#nurseries).