Broadleaf, semi-evergreen tree, 20-33(65) ft [6-10(20) m] tall, or a shrub 6.5-10 ft [2-3 m] tall. Leaves alternate, simple, leathery, narrowly oblong to lanceolate, about 5-10 cm long and 1.2.5 cm wide, shiny yellow-green upper surface, white, silvery to creamy-cottony below, apex pointed, margin revolute (turned under), sometimes having ridged teeth; petiole 5-15 mm. Acorns light chestnut color, about 1 × 0.8 cm, conic-oblong, capsule covers 1/3 of the nut.
- Sun, drought resistant
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Native to the mountains of southern Arizona and New Mexico, part of western Texas, and northern Mexico Usually found as a shrub, but given enough moisture it can become a medium-sized tree with a spreading round crown.
- hypoleucoides: hypo, beneath, below; leuc, white; oides, similar, like; lower leaf surface whitish