Leather Oak, Nuttall's Scrub 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 durata
Native to northernCoast Ranges to San LuisObispo area and to SierraNevada foothills, south to SanGabriel Mountains. In the wild,mostly confined to serpentinesoil (a kind of nutrient-poorsoil). Dense, rounded growth to10 ft. tall and 8–12 ft. wide.Bare and somewhat leggy to3–5 ft. aboveground, then forms open-branched tiers of foliage. Tough, oval, convex, 3/4–1-in.-long leaves have smooth or prickly edges; dark green above, pale gray beneath, with a dense coating of fine, soft hairs. Acorns variable: 1/2–1 in. long, often almost cylindrical, half-enclosed in a warty, bowl-shaped cap.
Native to California chaparral from 300–5,000-ft. elevation. Dense growth 6–15 ft. tall and wide. Leav...
Native to northernCoast Ranges to San LuisObispo area and to SierraNevada foothills, south to SanGabri...
Native from Kansas andColorado south to Texas andArizona. Mounding plant 6–8 in.tall and 1 ft. wide, w...