California Black Oak, Kellogg Oak
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 rangeQuercus kelloggii
To 30–80 ft. tall and wide,with short trunk, ascending branches, and rounded crown. Dark gray, furrowed, checked bark. Handsome foliage: leaves unfold soft pink or dusty rose, mature to dark glossy green, turn yellow or yellow orange in fall.Leaves 4–10 in. long,2 1/2 –6 in.wide,with deep, sharply tapered lobes ending in bristly points. Oblong or almost conical, 1– 1/2 -in. acorns enclosed by about half in bowl-shaped cap. Good moderate-size tree for spring and fall color; attractive winter trunk and branch pattern. Susceptible to sudden oak death.
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