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Quercus agrifolia var. agrifolia

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About Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia var. agrifolia) Quercus agrifolia var. agrifolia is one of two recognized varieties of this popular tree. The other variety is var. oxyadenia. Both are known as Coast Live Oak (see description of Quercus agrifolia for more details regarding the species). Differences between the two varieties and the primary species are very subtle. Var. agrifolia is found along the coast from Sonoma County southward. Gardening recommendations are the same as for Quercus agrifolia.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
19.7 - 82 ft (6 - 25 m)

Max. Width
40 ft (12.2 m)

Rounded, Upright

Growth Rate


Flower Color
Cream, Green

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Valleys, slopes

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
3' - 5742'

Annual Precip. ?
6.4" - 54.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 2.13"

Coldest Month ?
38.5° F - 55.4° F

Hottest Month ?
61.4° F - 80.5° F

Humidity ?
0.47 vpd - 32.60 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
5, 7, 8, 9*, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Wildlife Attracted
The following butterflies use Oaks as host plant: California Sister, Propertius Duskywing, Mournful Duskywing, Golden Hairstreak, and Gold-Hunter's Hairstreak.

Landscaping Information
Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: Fresh seeds sow in fall outdoors or stratify to hold for spring sowing. (USDA Forest Service 1974).

Common uses
Bank Stabilization, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
California Live Oak

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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