Mt. Nusatsum

Mt. Nusatsum

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Introduced Trees

We had a few showers through the night, but most of it above 3 or 4000' came down as snow, because the mountains all had a fresh coat on this morning when you could see them for short while.  Otherwise it was all around a pretty good day again.  It was a good day for more yard and leaf cleanup. 

Most of these leaves are from an introduced tree - a Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra).  We planted it about 15 years ago and it's turned into a beautful tree, it provides a great deal of shade in the summer and seems to thrive on the Bella Coola climate even though it's several thousand kilometers out of it's normal range.  After 15 years ours is 10 metres high and 30 cm dbh (diameter at breast height), not bad for an introduced hardwood tree. 

British Columbia's only native oak tree is the Gary Oak (Quercus garryana) which is beautiful and classic tree that grows in the dry sites on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.  Grizzly

1 comment:

  1. We had an oak tree in Mackenzie that was planted by the previous owner. It was very special. I just hope that the new owners of that house think the same and leave it there.
    We are still snow free here in Prince George.