Quercus dumosa

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Quercus dumosa

Species Name: Quercus dumosa
Common Name: Nuttall's Scrub Oak

A rare scrub oak found near coast, in chaparral on hillsides. Tough as nails, drought tolerant. Acorns persist on plant after maturity. Recommended for erosoin control. Superior wildlife value.

Plant Family: Fagaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 3-10' H x 15' W
Growth Habit: Rounded, densely branched
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Acorns
Endangered?: List 1B/ RED 2-3-2
Distribution: Coastal Southern California, Baja
Natural Habitat: Sandy soils, sandstone slopes of Coastal Sage Scrub, Chaparral below 700'

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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 dense growing shrub of spreading habit usually 3 to 8 feet high. Foliage deep green, somewhat like the live oak, but smaller. Excellent for dry hillsides. Gallon cans, 50c."
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