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Interior Live Oak

Quercus wislizenii

Staff Favorite Valuable to wildlife

Characteristics:
Broadleaf evergreen tree 30-75' in height. It has a short trunk and a very outspread crown with ascending branches.

Growing Conditions:
Sun. Hardy to USDA Zone 7.

Uses:

Height:
30-75' at maturity

Width:
Often exceeds ht. at maturity

Shape:
Broadly rounded

Flowers:
Male flowers are catkins. Female flowers grow in clusters of 2-4 in the upper leaf axils.

Leaves:
Dark-green leaves are small, thick and often spiny-toothed, particularly on young trees.

Bark:
Young bark is smooth gray; older bark dark-gray and irregularly furrowed with scaly ridges.

Native to much of western California, from Siskiyou County in the north, to Baja California; found in interior canyons, slopes, valleys, chaparral, pine and oak woodlands.