no-thoh-FAH-gus o-BLEE-kwa (oh-BLIK-wuh)
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf deciduous tree, very fast growing, may reach 130 ft (40 m) tall in its habitat, trunk often forked, bark gray-brownish or dark brown; young shoots, long, glabrous;. Leaves simple, alternate, 3-8 cm long and 1.5-3 cm wide, ovoid-oblong, apex acute, base slightly oblique, margin double toothed, 7-12 pairs of veins, each ending in a 4-8 mm lobe-like tooth, upper surface mid-green, lower paler, in fall leaves green, yellow or red; petiole 5-10 mm long. Both male and female flowers are small and are surrounded by green colored bracts and rather inconspicuous. Fruit buff, 4-valved, with 3 nuts, when released, these small nuts appear like those of the beeches of the northern hemisphere.
- Sun, average water needs.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 8 Native to Chile and western Argentina.
- Roblé: Spanish for oak.
- obliqua: oblique, the leaf base.