Shrubs, Trees, Semi-evergreen
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 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.
Native to northernCoast Ranges to San LuisObispo area and to SierraNevada foothills, south to SanGabri...
Native to California chaparral from 300–5,000-ft. elevation. Dense growth 6–15 ft. tall and wide. Leav...
Most commonly grown species. To 4–5 ft. high in bloom. Spineless leaves to 2 ft. long are deeply...