Friday, October 12, 2012

Celebrating Black Oak

 California Black Oak, Quercus kelloggii, the tree for which this blog is named, is beginning to put on a color show at the Quincy elevation.  The group of four leaves on a twig was collected on the ground beneath a very large old oak on the campus of Feather River College.  It was on a south-facing hillside.  The larger green leaf was collected off a young oak in my driveway in a shady, north-facing spot.  I haven't looked at enough oaks with leaf size in mind to tell whether light, moisture, or age is the greatest factor in leaf size.  Maybe some other factor I haven't thought of.
 On the FRC campus, a few of the trees have turned entirely yellow-orange while others remain green.  I plan to get some more photos out there this weekend.  Now and then, mostly at roadsides, I find some of these trees will have some or all of their leaves turn bright red and orange.  Not sure why, but they certainly are beautiful.  On some of the hills around Quincy, large groves of Black Oak surrounded by evergreens make for a nice contrast when all the oaks turn orange.  This will be happening over the next two to three weeks.
A couple of days ago, I found one last cluster of the Oak Treehoppers in trees on my driveway.  After a couple of frosty mornings, I haven't seen them again.  That might be the end of them for this season.
Soon, there will be a variety of interesting fungi popping up beneath the oaks.

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  1. I was reminiscing the Hog Farm that used to take place there. I worked many an event just to get in for free.trees for sale