Quercus chrysolepis

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Quercus chrysolepis
Quercus chrysolepis

Species Name: Quercus chrysolepis
Common Name: Canyon Live or Maul Oak

Shade and drought tolerant. Usually a small to medium tree. Highly variable which is perfect for many garden situations. Very tough. Good wildlife value!

Plant Family: Fagaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 15- 70' H x 15' W
Growth Habit: Single or multi-stemmed and erect
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Sun to shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Infrequent to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 300-9000'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Acorns
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Throughout California except the Central Valley
Natural Habitat: Canyons, shaded slopes, chaparral, mixed evergreen forest, woodlands

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A medium sized tree found in the mountains in most parts of the state, and having the widest distribution of any of the native oaks. The leaves are usually about 2 inches long, green on the upper side and yellowish underneath. Under cultivation in the valleys this tree is of slow growth and does not attain great size. Very desirable where a rather small evergreen tree is wanted. Gallon cans, 75c; 5 gallon cans, $2.00."
Other Names
  • Also known as the Golden Cup Oak.