Not all of the plants at the Perennial Plant Sale are herbaceous perennials. One of the trees available is this oak. In Canada, it is commonly known as Garry oak; in the United States, Oregon white oak is
preferred used by the USDA PLANTS database, but it seems Garry oak is used far more often (see comments).
Garry oak meadow and woodland ecosystems are among the most endangered in Canada. Quercus garryana is only found in a few locations, primarily southern Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands. Read “Why are Garry oak ecosystems at risk?”, to learn more.
In order to help educate about the Garry oak ecosystem and its constituent organisms, UBC Botanical Garden has identified an area which will one day be developed into a reconstructed Garry oak woodland and meadow. The first elements of the area already exist with seven twenty-year old Garry oaks in the ground (including the one in today’s photograph).