Blue oaks are drought resistant and deciduous. They depend on ground squirrel burrows to deliver water to their root system during the rainy season. In the summer they drink from their long tap roots. They grow an average of 8 inches in radius every 100 years. Seedlings grow only about 140 cm. high after 10 to 30 years (~55 inches). They must be kept relatively free of the parasite mistletoe. Mistletoe takes not only the oak sap, it also deforms branches with large knots and steals sunlight from the oak leaves. Except for the highest branches (40'-60'), Blue Oak Hill has been cleared of this blight. Since the sticky seeds are spread by birds brushing their bodies against branches as well as by bird droppings, the weeding process is ongoing.
You can capture the magic of anacornby pushing it into the soil in the rainy season to a depth of about 1 inch, and if it gets occasional water and escapes foraging, it will grow into aGIANTfor future generations of wildlife and people to enjoy.