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What type of oak is this? zone 9b/10a SF East Bay

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Hi,

I live in the San Francisco East Bay (Concord) where our summers are quite hot and dry. I’m constantly pulling volunteer oaks in my drought-tolerant garden but I've let one grow for the past ten years. It’s now about 12’ tall and very bushy and it’s lower branches often droop and touch the ground. I’m trying to decide whether to keep this oak as i have plenty of room on my 1/4 acre suburban lot—I‘m aiming for a more biodiverse habitat. I’ve looked at photos and I can’t tell if this oak is a quercus agrifolia (coastal live oak), a quercus wislizeni (interior live oak), or another type of oak. Any help in identifying this oak is much appreciated.

Many thanks!





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