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Quercus agrifolia
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Quercus agrifolia

Coast Live Oak
Fagaceae
Evergreen, Trees

QUERCUS

Appearance and hardiness of Oaks vary widely, but all produce acorns preceded by inconspicuous flowers. Single nuts are more or less enclosed in a cuplike cap covered with many closely set scales. In some species, the acorns are edible,with a sweet flavor. Some oaks are widely planted over large areas, while others have a limited range

Quercus agrifolia

Round headed and densely foliaged; to 20–70 ft.tall, often with even greater spread.Smooth dark gray bark, deeply fissured in very old trees. Oval, convex, stiff, leathery dark green leaves, tooth edged and hollylike, 1–3 in. long. Foliage is attractive all year (unless devoured by oak moth caterpillars). Conical,3/4– 1/2 -in. acorns are enclosed for one-fourth of their length by a cap with thin, overlapping scales.Has greedy roots; drops almost all its old leaves in early spring.Despite flaws, a handsome and worthwhile shade or street tree. Can be sheared to make a 10–12-ft. hedge. Susceptible to sudden oak death.

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