S.O.G.O. and Save Our Garry Oaks

Introduction To the Garry Oak: Quercus garryana Douglas

The Garry Oak is the only oak tree native to British Columbia. It has a short trunk, often branching into a few large limbs
within fifteen feet of the ground. the crown, which is the top area of the tree,
is usually broad and rounded, with twisted and gnarled branches. It has a large system of roots, and needs a lot of space to grow large and healthy. Other common names for it are Oregon white oak, Brewer oak, Shin oak, Oregon oak, White oak, and Post oak

The leaves have rounded lobes, each about 5 inches long and 3 inches wide.

The acorns are small in size with a shallow scaly cup at one end.

The Bark is greyish-black, with thick grooves and scales.

Map of Gary Oak Existence

There are very little places in BC where the Garry Oak lives. It is confined to a section of the Coast Forest Region along the east side of Vancouver Island, and two locations on the mainland: Sumas Mountain and and Yale, in the Fraser Canyon.

The habitat of the Garry oak is the open parkland and meadows. They are known to have a lush display of wildflowers in Spring, such as camas, Easter lilies, and shootingstars. These meadows are threatened by urban development.

Native peoples used the Garry oak for combs and digging sticks, and also for fuel. The acorns were roasted and eaten. Camas, which grew in the Garry oak meadows, was also harvested for food.

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