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Fagaceae -- Beech family

    Philip M. McDonald

    California black oak (Quercus kelloggii.) exceeds all  other California oaks in volume, distribution, and altitudinal  range. Yet this deciduous hardwood has had little sustained  commercial use and almost no management, even though its wood  closely resembles that of its valuable, managed, and heavily used  counterpart-northern red oak (Quercus rubra)-in the  Eastern United States.

    First collected in 1846 near Sonoma, CA, the species was not named  until. 1857 when John Newberry called it kelloggii in  honor of Albert Kellogg, a pioneer California botanist and  physician (17). In later botanical works, the species was called  Q. californica and black oak or Kellogg's oak.

    Acorns of California black oak were carried from San Francisco to  England in 1878. Thirty-two years later, trees from these acorns  were described as being 30 feet tall and making good growth (10).

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Philip M. McDonald

Source: Silvics of North America

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