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 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...
Native to dry foothills below 6,000-ft. elevation in southwestern Oregon, California, and northern Baj...