Quercus douglasii
Common name: 
Blue Oak
California Blue Oak
Pronunciation: 
KWER-kus dug-LAS-e-i
Family: 
Fagaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Deciduous tree, typically 20-60(90) ft [6-18(27) m] tall, rounded top, short stout branches, ascending or horizontal, in the open the trunk may be short and foliage may reach the ground; shrubby in southwestern part of its range.  Bark light gray and checkered into small squares.  Leaves alternate, simple, 4-10 cm long with 5-7 irregular lobes, lobe sinuses are usually shallow, some leaves may be entire, dull bluish-green above and pale bluish-green below; fall colors are light pink, orange and yellow.  Fruit (acorn), the nut is brown when ripe, egg-shaped, about 2-3 cm long, sharply pointed tip, acorn cups are saucer-shaped, 12-15 mm wide.
  • Sun.  Drought resistant, best in sandy soil, tolerates coastal winds.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 8?       Native to the dry woodlands and valleys around the California's Central Valley and the interior valleys of southern California.
  • Portland, Oregon: Hoyt Arboretum
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