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Lithocarpus densiflorus var. densiflorus

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Species Name: Lithocarpus densiflorus var. densiflorus
Common Name: Tanbark Oak

Beautiful formal looking tree. Requires good drainage.

Plant Family: Fagaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 80' H x 50' W
Growth Habit: Upright tree
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Occasional to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Pale yellow catkins
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Northwestern CA, Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada, Central western CA, western Transverse Range
Natural Habitat: Redwood to red fir forests


Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "One of the most ornamental of all the evergreen trees. Long grayish green leaves, heavily veined and serrated. Erect in growth, forming a perfect crown and trunk, very attractive as a single specimen and makes a fine parkway tree. Gallon cans, 75c; 5 gallon cans, $2.50 to $3.50."
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