In front of my state’s capitol (constructed 1860-1874) lies its gardens. The original four square blocks were planted in 1870 with 800 trees and shrubs of almost 200 varieties from many places around the globe.

Currently, there are over 450 varieties.


Having recently visited these gardens I thought I would share the oak trees I found there. Fortunately, the gardens provide labels for their trees so I can share with you what species are there. There were a few small trees but most were large—very large.

Let us go visit a few now:


Blue Oak (Quercus douglasii)








California Black Oak (Quercus kelloggii)










Canyon Live Oak (Quercus chrysolepis)









Holly Oak (Quercus ilex)








Oregon White Oak (Quercus garryana)








Shreve Oak  (Bay Leaf Live Oak) (Quercus parvula ’Shrevei’)











Valley Oak (Quercus lobata)