They're difficult to notice for now.
The row of saplings lining the western edge of Castaways Park in Newport Beach just north of Cliff Drive are about as tall as a person and no thicker than a baseball bat and blend in with the tall grass, bushes and trees behind them.
But just give them time.
Like the man they were planted in honor of, the late environmentalist Jan Vandersloot, these young oak trees will make their presence known in the years to come and assuredly beautify Newport Beach.
"He wasn't a man for accolades, but this was something important to him. It's such an honor that it's something so permanent," said Vandersloot's son, Jon.
On Saturday morning, Jon, his sister Tiffany and a few of Vandersloot's friends walked from the Environmental Nature Center down the street to Castaways Park, where a yellow ribbon had been tied around one of the trees with a plaque in the activist's honor at the base.