Woodland Trail

The Woodland Trail traverses the canyon slope north of the Meadow and leads to the Redwood Section. No intensive cultivation is done in this area. The trail leads through a natural stand of southern oak woodland dominated by coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia). Called “Encinos” by the early Spanish settlers, these trees occur in fairly deep soil on the valley floors and and shaded foothill and canyon slopes near the coast.

Many of the common oak woodland shrubs such as toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), green-bark ceanothus (Ceanothus spinosus), coffeeberry (Rhamnus californica), redberry (Rhamnus crocea), hollyleaf cherry (Prunus ilicifolia), and lemonade berry (Rhus integrifolia) are found along the trail. The Woodland Trail was severely burned in 2009 by the Jesusita Fire. The oaks lost most of their leaves and many of the understory shrubs were burned to the ground. The speed at which this vegetation has recovered is nothing short of astonding!

For information about the location of a display within the Garden please see the map below.

image of woodland trail map