Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Zone
Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 10
Full Sun
Full
Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal

Quercus gambellii

Gambell Oak, Rocky Mountain White Oak
Fagaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs, 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 gambellii

Native toNevada, Arizona, east to Coloradoand New Mexico. Slow to15–30 ft. (rarely 50 ft.) tall, halfas wide. Often forms coloniesfrom root system. Thick, ridgedtrunk bark is light gray to whitish.Leaves 3–7 in. long, half aswide, with seven to nine deeplobes; dark green above, paleand densely hairy below. Foliageturns yellow, orange, or red infall. Woolly, egg-shaped or globular,sharp-tipped acorns nearly1 in. long, half-covered by aknobby cap. Characteristic oakof Arizona’s Oak Creek Canyonand foothills south of Denver.Adaptable to wide range of soilsand moisture levels; grows rapidlyinto a substantial tree indeep, rich soil.

You Might Also Like...

Atriplex confertifolia

Native to high plains and mesas from eastern Oregon and California to North Dakota, and south to north...

Penstemon Mexicali hybrids

Bushy growth to 1 1/2 ft. high and wide, with profuse, narrow, shiny green leaves. Blossoms of ‘Pike’s...

Quercus gambellii

Native toNevada, Arizona, east to Coloradoand New Mexico. Slow to15–30 ft. (rarely 50 ft.) tall, halfa...

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More

Advertisement