Thursday, March 27, 2014
Coast Live Oak
Coast Live Oak Woodland, Trail to Mt. Woodson, San Diego County
Coast live oak is the only native California oak that thrives in the coastal environment. It is somewhat tolerant of sea salt present in the coastal winds. Though live oaks are rarely found in the immediate shore, they usually are found in well drained soils of coastal hills and plains. It may be found in several coast live oak woodland communities such as in Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, in Poway, San Diego County.
Coast Live Oak Woodland, Blue Sky Ecological Reserve
Coast live oak are normally found within 62 miles from the ocean and at an elevation below 2300 ft, however, in Southern California, the coast live oaks are occasionally seen up to 5000 ft elevation.
Coast Live Oaks Lining Potato Chip Rock at Mt Woodson, @ 2800 ft elevation
On top of Potato Chip Rock with Coast Live Oak Behind the Rock
Coast live oak is an outstanding bird plant and is a food plant for the California Sister butterfly and mournful duskywing.
Red Tail Hawk Resting at a Branch of Coast Live Oak
Aside from the coastal live oak which is native to the coastal region of California, there are many other live oaks, which is a general term used for unrelated oaks, but share the same characteristic of evergreen foliage. The name "live oak" comes from the fact that the evergreen leaves remain green throughout the winter, when other oaks are leafless and dormant.
Wildflowers and Coastal Live Oak @ Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, Poway, San Diego County