Ten new Valley Oaks were planted at the Ventura Community Park last October. These deciduous trees begin to leaf out in late winter.
Quercus lobata (Valley Oak) grows into the largest of North American oaks. It is native to California, growing in interior valleys and foothills in the central coast region. The Valley Oak is now a protected species in Ventura County because of its decline over past decades due to removal for development. Mature specimens may attain an age of up to 600 years.