Professor Edwina Wilde’s Guide to the WILDWOOD HIKING and NATURE TRAIL
These specimens are marked by numbered signs on the trail
- big-berried manzanita (Arctostaphylos glauca.): large, tree-like manzanita with peeling red bark
- red bud tree (Cercis occidentalis): showy purplish-pink flowers in spring
- coffee berry (Rhamnus californica v. tomentella): the birds like its purple berries which appear in late summer.
- water birch (Betula occidentalis): grows near streams; notice the short little horizontal lines on the bark
- valley oak (Quercus lobata) also called “mush oak” because they tend to rot in the center; this oak also produces galls (see the Wilde College web site for more information)
- white alder (Alnus rhombifolia): this large tree usually indicates that water is nearby
- red-osier dogwood or creek dogwood (Cornus stolonifera): small clusters of white flowers in spring
- “Willy’s zillion year old tree”. Can you guess how old this tree was when it fell down?
- California wild rose (Rosa californica): pretty delicate pink flowers in the summer
- red willow (Salix laevigata): a tree, with very long narrow leaves, that likes to be near water
- Native Americans may have used this rock for grinding acorns; notice the scooped out surface on top
- Sierra plum (Prunus subcordata v. Kelloggii): 10 ft. to the right, is the only native plum tree in the Pacific states; white blossoms in the spring and sweet yellow fruit in the late summer/early fall
- Himalayan blackberry (Rubus discolor): a non-native plant that has yummy fruit Jul-Aug
- spicebush (Calycanthus occidentalis): this bush arching into the path has large fleshy-petaled, deep red, exotic-looking flowers in the late spring
- “Penn” spring: water seepage runs into the creek year- round and keeps “Edwina” creek flowing
- lichen on trees and rocks: this light colored “plant” is not moss …read more about it on the Wilde College web site
- blue oak (Quercus douglasii): notice the deep green blue color of the leaves
- interior live oak (Quercus wislizenii): this oak keeps its leaves year around and many of them are shrub-like; also at this location is digger pine (Pinus sabiniana ): this large pine tree behind the interior oak is also called a “gray pine”, a sick-looking tree with pine needles that are up to 1 foot long
- black oak (Quercus kelloggii): leaves are the largest of the oaks with deep lobes that have soft bristle tipped teeth; the leaves turn yellow in the fall before they drop
- poison oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum): 3-leaved plant that can irritate your skin; also to the right is spiny red-berry (Rhamnus crocea): this bush has small spiny leaves with ¼” wide, bright red berries in late summer
- digger pine cones; the tree you saw at #18 produces these large massive cones
- “Willy’s very dead tree”: Can you think of all the things that depend on this tree for food and/or protection?
- buckeye (Aesculus californica): produces large white blossoms in Apr.-June; drops its leaves by late summer
- wild grape (Vitis californicus): notice that this vine is very woody and climbs over other vegetation; it produces clusters of very small grapes that are seedy
- “Woody” spring feeds the creek at this point
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