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Quercus lobata
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Quercus lobata

Valley Oak
Fagaceae
Deciduous, 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 lobata

California’s mightiest oak, often reaching 70 ft. or taller,with equal or greater spread.Massive trunk and limbs with thick, distinctly checked gray bark. Straight and erect during its first several decades of growth; more spreading with age. Limbs often picturesquely twisted; long, drooping outer branches sometimes sweep ground.Deeply cut, round-lobed leaves are 3–4 in. long, 2–3 in.wide; dark green above, paler beneath. Shiny, 1/2 –2 1/2 -in. acorns are conical, enclosed by one-third in warty, bowl-shaped cap.

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