Quercus agrifolia Née
Coast Live Oak
Coast live oak is native to the west coast of North America.
Identification: These evergreens reach 20-82' (6-25 m), with trunks up to 4' (1.2 m) around, and may live up to 250 years. Trunks are short and the crowns are wide. Bark is smooth and gray-brown when the tree is young, becoming darker and somewhat furrowed later. Leaves are dark green, thick, glossy, oval in shape, alternate, edged with sharp fibers. They remind me a little of holly leaves. They are ¾-2½" (2-7 cm) × ⅜-1½" (1-4 cm). Male flowers are catkins 1¾-4" (5-10 cm) long. Female flowers are ⅛" (5 mm) long, in clusters of one to three, barely noticeable. Acorns are 1-1½" (2.5-3.8 cm) long and ⅜-½" (1-1.5 cm) wide, conical in shape. Acorn production is not consistent.See the Quercus comparison table.
Quercus agrifolia on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database
Quercus agrifolia on Calflora
Quercus agrifolia at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
Quercus agrifolia on Wikipedia
Quercus agrifolia on eFloras
Quercus agrifolia description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.