Quercus durata var. durata

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Quercus durata var. durata

Species Name: Quercus durata var. durata
Common Name: Leather Oak

This tough chaparral oak forms low, dense thickets. Uncommon. Recommended near coast. Excellent wildlife value. Prefers harsh soils.

Plant Family: Fagaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 3-10' H x 10' W
Growth Habit: Low and dense
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Sun to part 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?: Not listed
Distribution: North Coast Range, Northern Sierra Nevada Foothills, South Coast Range
Natural Habitat: Chaparral from 500-5000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A rather low spreading shrub with rigid branches, foliage rich deep green. Desirable for hillside planting. 5 gallon cans, $1.75."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.