A scrubby individual with new red leaves coming out
A scrubby individual with new leaves coming out
Small hairs at branching of the veins visible on underside of leaves
View of the serpentine branches characteristic of Valley Oaks.
Trunk was hollowed out (rotting and insects)
Insect damage on remains of a branch that died and broke off
Trunk of a mature specimen
The family Fagaceae, or beech family, comprises about 600 species of both evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs, which are characterized by alternate simple leaves with pinnate venation, unisexual flowers in the form of catkins, and fruit in the form of cup-like (cupule) nuts. Fagaceous leaves are often lobed and both petioles and stipules are generally present. Fruits lack endosperm and lie in a scaly or spiny husk that may or may not enclose the entire...