Category: Deciduous Trees
Facts about California White Oak Tree, "Scientific name for California White Oak Tree is Quercus lobata". The California White Oak Tree is also known as Quercus lobata or the Valley oak. It is a deciduous white oak tree which is native to North American and the hot foothills and interior valleys of California. The California White Oak Tree is a fast growing tree which can grow up to a height of about seventy feet (71.33 meter) with a trunk of over 6 1/2 to 10 feet (2 to 3 meters) and can live for many years. It can grow up to 20 inches (50.8 cm) tall in a span of five years and can be six hundred years old and in the form of a vase upon maturity.
The California White Oak Tree has a ridged, thick dull-brown to yellow bark with irregular, drooping and spreading branches which have an arching appearance. These branches develop green foliage with none-bristled, round, deeply-lobed leaves. The California White Oak Tree leaves can grow up to a length of (5 to 10 cm). Individual leaves have a pale green appearance underneath with a matte green color above its surface. In addition, they are covered with several soft buzz which makes them to have a velvety feel. These fresh leaves can have an aromatic fragrance when broken or rubbed and usually turn light orange during autumn to brown in fall.
The dark-green lobed leaves gives way to acorns which can have either a singlet or a doublet cup wrapping, dark-brown in color and can grow up to a length of about 1 1/8 to 1 1/2 inches (3 to 4 cm).
A Full grown California White Oak Tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds (21.77 kg) of carbon dioxide a year. The same California White Oak Tree could also produce enough oxygen in a day for two people. In a single day, a large California White Oak Tree can drink up to 100 gallons (378.5 liter) of water from the ground and discharge it into the air.
You can tell a California White Oak Trees age by the number of growth rings. Growth rings size shows what kind of conditions accrued that year, the temperature and if it was a dry or wet year.
Bark of the California White Oak Tree protects it from the elements and is made up of dead cells.
California White Oak Tree roots usually grow two to three times the width of the tree branches. The ideal time to fertilize your California White Oak Tree is in late fall or early spring. If you want to transplant a California White Oak Tree do it in fall, this is ideal for most trees.
The California White Oak tree can do well in deep rich soils which are well-drained and in full sun. The California White Oak Tree can tolerate both hot dry summers and the cold winters. However, it requires all year round access to plenty of ground water. California White Oak Tree have been found growing in the valley floor’s deep soils which are below (600 meters) in elevation. It has also done well in the open foothill woodlands, valley savannas and the dense riparian forests. The California White Oak Tree can survive wild fires although the smaller species can be top-killed.
California White Oak Tree leaves are made up of many colored pigments, green chlorophyll hides the colors during the growing season of spring and summer. As days get shorter and cooler temperatures come in the fall, it cause the chlorophyll to break down and than the other color pigments can be seen.
California White Oak Tree growth is referred to as Meristem (The undifferentiated embryonic plant tissue from which new cells are created, as that at the tip of a root or stem). This tissue can be found at the tips of shoots and leaves. Inside the stem growth in thickness occurs at the vascular cambium.
California White Oak Trees make their own food from sunlight, carbon dioxide, water, and nutrients from the soil.
The California White Oak Tree can be used to enhance gardens and home yards due to its spectacular dropping branches. Its corns are delicious and edible to most wild animals and birds.