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Gardening sheet quercus pacifica


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Gardening sheet quercus pacifica

  1. 1. Channel Island Scrub Oak – Quercus pacifica (KWERE-cus puh-SIFF-ee-cuh ) Family: Fagaceae (Beech Family) Endemic to three Channel Islands: Santa Cruz, Santa Catalina, and Santa Rosa.; in chaparral, oak woodlands, margins of grasslands. Native to: Growth characteristics: woody shrub/small tree mature height: 6-18 ft. mature width: 6-20 ft. Shrubby spreading species, usually shrub-like but may become tree-like in old age. Similar overall shape to other local evergreen oaks (Q. agrifolia; Q. berberidifolia) but moderate size. Leaves evergreen to sub-evergreen, glossy with only a few spiny teeth. Older bark gray & scaly. Blooms in winter/early spring. Separate male & female flowers on same plant. Male flowers on drooping stalk. Acorns shorter & stouter than Q. agrifolia. Blooms/fruits: Uses in the garden: A nice size oak for the home garden. All oaks are excellent habitat plants. Good choice for dry slopes or natural areas of the garden. Heritage plant – very rare in wild. Acorns can be prepared for food. Tannins in leaves and acorns used in natural dyes. Sensible substitute for: Non-native trees & shrubs. Excellent all-round habitat plant. Provides birds and small mammals with cover, nest sites and food. Also attracts a wide range of insects. larval food for Hairstreaks, Duskywings, CA Sister butterflies. Attracts: Requirements: Element Sun Soil Water Fertilizer Other Requirement Full sun to light shade. Well-drained a must; sandy-rocky soils are best. Any local pH. Very drought tolerant once established (Zone 1 or 1-2) None Leave leaf litter beneath the tree. Management: Requires little pruning or other care. Water deeply for first 2-3 years. Long-lived. Propagation: from seed: easy with fresh seed in fall. Plant/seed sources (see list for source numbers): 3, 7, 14, 20, 24 2/24/10 © Project SOUND