My Big Old Valley Oak
Valley Oak - Quercus Lobata
One of the very first thing anyone notices in our backyard is the oak tree. It is far larger than our little house. It is a deciduous oak, so it lets in lots of light in the winter, and shades out the heat in the summer. During the summer it’s lobed leaves let in dappled light that is perfect for many California native plants. Of course, it drops about 30 cubic yards of leaves, and every two or three years a gazillion acorns.
My house was built in 1950. That is when most of the smaller trees in this top photo were planted. The oak tree on the other hand takes up a large portion of our backyard and part of our neighbor’s, and it must be at least 200 years old. These older Oak trees only grow where there is a nearby source of water, and we do live along an aquifer that carries water to the SF Bay Delta from nearby Mt Diablo.
When I think how the world has changed in the time this Oak Tree has been growing here, and it puts things into a whole different perspective. It’s funny that I call it my valley oak really. This is the oak tree’s property. I am just passing through.