Thursday, November 5, 2015

Unusual Oak Tree Trunk Shapes

Unusual Trees Seen at Peachy Canyon, Isolated, ©B. Radisavljevic
Unusual Trees Seen at Peachy Canyon, Isolated, ©B. Radisavljevic
Wine country in the Paso Robles / Templeton area has more than grapes. It's also full of trees, especially oak trees. On just one vineyard property you may see many varieties of oak tree. Drive Highway 46 West from 101 to Jack Creek Road and you will see deciduous oaks, evergreen oaks, oaks with canopies, and oaks that reach high into the sky. I won't even attempt to name them, since many are also hybrids. They come in  all shapes and sizes.

Unusual Trees Seen at Peachy Canyon Surrounded by Other Trees, ©B. Radisavljevic
Unusual Trees Seen at Peachy Canyon Surrounded by Other Trees
You can find many of these varieties near the corner of Bethel Road and 46 West, and most especially on the grounds of Peachy Canyon Tasting Room, the old Veris Cellars property, and Zenaida Cellars. I have featured many of these in past posts. Today I will show you a couple of trees with interesting trunk shapes I found at Peachy Canyon in January,  2014.  I show you just the trunks near the ground in the top picture of this post. I show you the entire trees in their place among the others near them in this photo.

When I enlarged the top portions in my photo editor, it does appear the two trees with the oddly shaped trunks are oaks, but judging from the bark they may be different species. One seems to have smoother back than the other. See some of the other oaks I have photographed in the North County in the related articles at the bottom of this post.

If you love oak trees as much as I do,  you might want to own one or more of the books below. I own the first one, and it devotes about five pages to oaks common in California. It also has photos of the bark, leaves,  and fruits  of many of the other trees we see on our streets and in our parks. I bought my copy after the author led a nature walk to identify the trees in the Paso Robles City  Park, and it's been a great help to me. After reading the reviews of Oaks of California,  I'd like to  buy that book,  too, so that I can learn more about the oaks I see every day.