Blue oaks withstand drought
AuthorDouglas D. McCreary
Author AffiliationsDouglas D. McCreay is Cooperative Extension Natural Resources Specialist, Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program, Department of Forestry and Resource Management, University of California, Berkeley.
Hilgardia 44(2):15-17. DOI:10.3733/ca.v044n02p15. March 1990.
Many blue oaks in California lost their leaves early in 1987 and 1988 after prolonged periods of low rainfall. A study found that summer defoliation had little short-term effect on growth or survival, suggesting that blue oaks are well adapted to withstand periodic droughts.
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