Coastal or Inland Sage Scrub
Plants are generally herbaceous or semi-woody, aromatic, narrow-leafed, and summer deciduous. It is a more open community than true chaparral, and easier to walk through. Total height of plants ranges from 1 to 6 ft., lower than chaparral. Coastal Sage is not well adapted to fire, there is not as much root-crowning (re-sprouting) after a fire. It is found below 3,000 ft elevation and is thus the most impacted of all local habitats by urbanization. Only 30% of California Inland Sage Scrub remains.
Blue Sky has approximately 164 acres of this habitat, or 40% of the total are of the Ecological Reserve, and receives between 9-15 inches of rain per year.Learn More...
In this habitat, plants are mostly oak trees, 20-60 ft. tall. Coastal Live oak is the #1 species. A few grasses and shrubs appear in between the trees. In Poway Oak Woodland grows in valleys and North-facing sides of hills and canyons, receiving 15-30 inches of rain per year, most in the winter months. Much of the water is lost through runoff. The area thrives in hot summers.
The valley floors are filled with erosional material from adjacent slopes. Water from well-drained hillsides accumulates in the soil of the valley floor. As a result, the conditions favor the growth of oaks and grasses rather than the development of dense chaparral shrubs. Learn more…