Baby Q. agrifolia at home on the front slope. It's about 7' (2.1 m) tall now.
Better visible with a little back lighting:
Here it was at planting, in January 2011, as a sprouted acorn:
The sprouted acorn probably fell from the neighbor's tree, which is about twenty to thirty years old. I often wonder the if neighbor's tree is an offspring of an even older, larger tree at the top of the hill.
Are you Grandma?Quercus agrifolia has a potential lifespan of 500 to 600 years. I cannot hope mine will live so long--all of Southern California will probably be covered with towering apartment blocks before then--and climate change and the Polyphagous Shothole Borer threaten, but perhaps Baby Oak's future acorns will somehow survive, to grow elsewhere, somewhere, and preserve this magnificent species. To plant a tree is to plant hope in the future. Hope at least that where once a long time past, I planted a sprouted acorn, someday, someone will see a sight like this:
As least as good a chance as winning the Powerball lottery, eh?