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Blue Oak

Quercus douglasii

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Characteristics:
Deciduous tree, typically 20-60' tall, with a rounded top and short stout branches. Fall colors are light pink, orange and yellow.

Growing Conditions:
Sun. Drought resistant, best in sandy soil, tolerates coastal winds.

Uses:
Blue oak acorns were a favored food of California Indians. Wood has little or no commercial value.

Height:
20-60' at maturity

Width:
20-60' at maturity

Shape:
Rounded/irregular

Flowers:
Flowers are slender drooping catkins, appearing from late March until mid-May.

Leaves:
Leaves are irregularly lobed, and dull bluish-green above and pale bluish-green below.

Bark:
Bark light gray and checkered into small squares.

Native to the dry woodlands and valleys around the California's Central Valley and the interior valleys of southern California.