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Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) 


Coast Live Oak Information 

  Quercus pic

Coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) is the only tree species with any restrictions in the City of Berkeley. Ordinance No. 6,905-N.S. placed a moratorium on the removal of coast live oak trees, and prohibits any pruning that is excessive and injurious to the tree. This is defined as the removal of more than one-fourth (25%) of the functioning leaf, stem, or root system of a tree in any 24 month period. This applies to single stem trees with a circumference of 18” (5.7” diameter) or multi-stem trees with a combined circumference of 26 inches (8.3” combined diameter) measured at 4 feet from grade. Exceptions to this ordinance must be approved by the city manager or their designee, such as the city arborist.   


Coast Live Oak Ordinance

 Coast Live Oak Pruning or Removal Form

 Instructions for Completing Coast Live Oak Form


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