Coast live oak

Quercus agrifolia


The Coast live oak is one of the most distinctive and widely recognized trees native to many parts of the Inland Empire. Over time it can reach specimen sizes, 25-45 ft. tall and 30-40 ft. wide, and function as the cornerstone of residential and commercial landscapes. It is widely valued for its rich green foliage, bold branching character and value for wildlife.

Young Coast live oak trees have proven to be highly adaptable to ornamental landscapes and will grow relatively quick when planted in well-drained soils with low to moderate amounts of supplemental water. This tree combines well with many California native species described in the Coast Live Oak Palette and needs ample space to mature when planted in residential gardens.

Plant Type: Tree, Native
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Low-branching, Dense
Growth Rate: Moderate, Long-lived
Foliage Color: Dark green
Flower Color: Insignificant
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Deep soil, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Drought, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Specimen, Shade Tree, Screening, Restoration, Parks and open space, Attracts butterflies
Height: 25 ft. – 45 ft.
Width: 30 ft. – 40 ft.