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Valley Oak

Quercus lobata

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Characteristics:
Broadleaf deciduous tree that grows into the largest of North American oaks. Often 70-90' in height, and known to live up to 600 years.

Growing Conditions:
Deep valley soil, abundant water, full sun.

Uses:
Historically, it was primarily used as firewood and as a source of commercial charcoal.

Height:
70-90'+ at maturity

Width:
Often exceeds ht. at maturity

Shape:
Irregular, rounded

Flowers:
Male flowers are yellow-green catkins; females small, often solitary or in clusters of 2 or 3.

Leaves:
Leaves are five to ten centimeters in length and are roundly and deeply lobed.

Bark:
Thick, ridged bark (like alligator hide), pewter in color.

Valley oaks are the tallest hardwood trees in the world, and the sturdy trunk of this tree can exceed 9' in diameter.