Butte Creek Ecological Preserve

Trees of the BCEP

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Trees of the BCEP
FamilyScientific NameCommon NameNativeComments
AnacardiaceaePistacia chinensisOrnamental PistachioNOsmall to medium trees scattered throughout the reserve
BetulaceaeAlnus rhombifoliaWhite AlderYES 
EricaceaeArbutus menziesiiPacific MadroneYESa single large shrubby tree growing near the north-west property line. planting from neighbors?
FabaceaeRobinia pseudoacaciaBlack LocustNOscattered along Butte Creek and throughout riparian zone
FagaceaeQuercus douglasiiBlue OakYESmost are young trees, many are restoration plantings
 Quercus lobataValley OakYES 
 Quercus X morehusOracle OakYES
 Quercus wislizeni var. wislizeniInterior Live OakYES 
JuglandaceaeJuglans hindsiiNorthern California Black-WalnutYES
MoraceaeFicus caricaEdible FigNO
 Morus albaWhite MulberryNOthese trees have two leaf forms, see photos
OleaceaeFraxinus latifoliaOregon AshYES 
 Olea europaeaOliveNOscattered, small to medium trees
PinaceaePinus (halepensis)Aleppo PineNOsome small to medium trees in brushy area south and east of entrance. needles 2, 6-12 cm long, bark is orange-red but no cones to complete identification
 Pinus ponderosaPacific Ponderosa PineYESone 30' tree, with a forked trunk, grows on old dredge tailings. this pine rarely grows at or below this elevation
 Pinus sabinianaGray PineYESon dryer soils, common throughout the preserve
PlatanaceaePlatanus racemosaWestern SycamoreYES 
 Platanus X acerifoliaLondon Plane-TreeNOaccepted name for taxon occurring in CA only as a waif and/or garden escape, not considered naturalized
RosaceaeCercocarpus betuloides var. betuloidesBirch-Leaved Mountain MahoganyYESrestoration planting
 Malus sylvestrisAppleNOseveral small to medium trees observed
 Prunus dulcisAlmondNOseveral small to medium trees observed. The poor attached photo only shows an aborted fruit
 Pyrus communisCommon PearNOa single young tree grows near the upper north-east end of the preserve. this tree has reverted to a wild form with tiny fruits and spiny branches
SalicaceaePopulus fremontii subsp. fremontiiFremont's CottonwoodYESexisting and restoration planted trees common throughout the reserve. many large older trees
 Salix gooddingiiGoodding's Black WillowYESa common willow tree, usually growing in rocky ravines. tree willows can also be shrubs especially if damaged while young
 Salix laevigataRed WillowYESless common than black willow, similar habitat
SapindaceaeAcer negundo var. californicumBox-ElderYESrestoration plantings, genus previously included in Aceraceae
SimaroubaceaeAilanthus altissimaTree-Of-HeavenNOabundant at western end of reserve, on DFG property