Coast Live Oak or CLO is a beatiful evergreeen tree

The Coast live Oak, Quercus agrifolia is the easy to grow native evergreen tree for much of California. It has dark glossy leaves and can have various different shapes. These are 5 foot diameter containers. We grew these from choice acorns started 12 years ago and this is the time of year to collect more acorns for next year's new little seedlings. Also known as Quercus agrifolia, these CLOs grow in most parts of the SF bay area and are fairly fast growing. They do very well here in Napa.

Australian Finger Limes are just ripening

Finger Limes are getting to be popular. Stop by the farm if you want to try them. People call them "lime caviar" because inside the green/black/pink skin are hundreds of crisp tiny sour vesicles of juicy goodness. The flowers are pink/white and tiny and the leaves are much smaller than other citrus trees have.

It is naturally found in Australia and is very popular with chefs who like it as an attractive garnish for hors d'oeuvres, seafoods esp sushi or added to a salad or a salad dressing for a tangy pop when you bite them.

They are an understory tree or bush and so hot full sun may be too much for them. They need protection from frost so we cover them on the cold nights or they can be placed in a frost free section of your yard with some sun or near the house to benefit from the warmth at night. This is a fun fruit to try.

Valley Oak Goes to a golf course

Dave Dexter and his crew from DEXTER estate landscapes moved this huge Valley Oak we grew to a Windsor, Sonoma County golf course from our growing ground at Main Street Trees in Napa. The lobata grew from an acorn that fell from the old trees on our property. This tree was about 15 years old. Valley Oaks are the most appropriate oak tree for our area with clay soil on the valley floor, although Coast Live Oaks grow great here too.