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LEATHER OAK
Quercus durata

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Photo Locations: Leaning Pine Arboretum - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA and Tilden Regional Parks Botanical Garden - Berkeley, CA

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Very drought tolerant. This shrubby oak likes serpentine soils. Often found in dense chaparral. Fairly widespread.

Native to California.

Family: Fagaceae

Additional Common Names

LEATHER OAK, NUTTALL'S SCRUB OAK

Tree Characteristics

Oval, Rounded or Umbrella Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 10 feet.

Width: 12 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Oblong to Elliptic, Gray Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).

Brown Acorn, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Fall or Winter.

Bark Dark Brown or Dark Gray, Furrowed or Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 5, 7 - 10 and 14 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 6 - 10.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Dry Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Clay or Loam Texture.

Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Insect Galls, Root Rot.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Strong.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Allergy and Poisonous Health Hazard.

Biogenic Emissions considered High.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Attracts Birds and Squirrels.

Deer Palatable.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Hedged.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Quercus durata Tree Record." 1995-2017. Dec 11, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/quercus-durata >

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