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Oregon White Oak

Quercus garryana

Easy to Maintain Native to Pacific Northwest Staff Favorite Valuable to wildlife

Characteristics:
Large, Pacific Northwest native oak with beautiful form. Oregon White Oak is fire-resistant, and thrives in drier environments where smaller wildfires are common. Deciduous tree, broadly spreading, rounded crown.

Growing Conditions:
Slower growing. A great summer shade tree for a sunny location. Can tolerate seasonal flooding but prefers drier soil in summer.

Uses:
Beautiful native tree. Western gray squirrel dependent on this native species for food. Host plant for butterflies: Propertius duskywing and California sister.

Height:
50' at maturity

Width:
50' at maturity

Shape:
Rounded crown with stout limbs and complex branching pattern when mature.

Flowers:
Both male and female flowers are tiny and inconspicuous and appear before leaves in spring.

Leaves:
Glossy, dark green, round lobed leaves. In autumn, color is a golden brown, occasionally tinted yellow or red.

Bark:
Light gray and shaggy.

Quercus garryana was named by 19th century botanist David Douglas to honor Nicholas Garry, the deputy governor, of the Hudson's Bay Company.