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Quercus berberidifolia

Scrub Oak
Fagaceae
Shrubs, Trees, Semi-evergreen

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 berberidifolia

Native to California chaparral from 300–5,000-ft. elevation. Dense growth 6–15 ft. tall and wide. Leaves variable in shape, with wavy edges; may have smooth, toothed, or spiny margins.Medium green on top, gray-green below. Oval acorns to1 in. long enclosed by up toone-half in knobby cap with spiral pattern. Good unthirstyclipped hedge, backgroundshrub, informal screen. Longconfused with Q. dumosa, which is native only near the SouthernCalifornia coast.

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