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Canyon Live Oak

Quercus chrysolepis

Staff Favorite Valuable to wildlife

Characteristics:
Broadleaf evergreen tree, 20-60' in height. Excellent habitat tree.

Growing Conditions:
Sun. Well-drained soil, withstands drought. Hardy to USDA Zone 7.

Uses:
Acorns were a major source of food for Native Americans and for regional wildlife.

Height:
20-60' at maturity

Width:
Often exceeds ht. at maturity

Shape:
Broadly rounded

Flowers:
Male catkins; flowers have no petals.

Leaves:
Leaves are thick, leathery, often with spiny teeth. Shiny, green above, yellowish-gray below.

Bark:
Light gray coloration, rather smooth or sometimes scaly.

The Canyon Live Oak, or Golden Cup Oak, is a species of evergreen oak that is found in the southwestern part of North America, notably in the California Coast Ranges.