Thursday, October 9, 2008

Native Plants Of California ~ #22 In A Series

The coastal live oak is a California native evergreen tree that is not only beautiful, but useful to man and beast alike. The acorns were a food staple for Native American tribes and the roasted seeds can be brewed like coffee. Squirrels and black deer eat the acorns and the foliage is a feast for jack rabbits and field mice. The trees have a spreading tendency that makes them a perfect shelter for all manner of creatures. Even mountain lions are attracted to the trees, as they know deer are likely to be around.

Live oaks have been known to live 250 years and more. The above photograph with the massive coastal live oak tree was made in Lincoln Park, in Alameda, California in 1912.

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