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Scrub Oak

Quercus turbinella

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Shrub
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun
Pollinators Wind
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
6-10' × 6-10'
Freeze Tolerant Yes
Flowering Season March-June
Flower Color Green
Minimum Temperature Range -10 °F
Leaf Description Evergreen, shaply serrated, covered in white hairs
Fruit Acorns
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Elevation Range 2000-8000 ft.
Description A widespread and drought tolerant oak species which can survive at lower elevations, and more xeric sites than most other oaks. Look for this species on rocky slopes with plants like beargrass (Nolina microcarpa), desert spoon (Dasylirion wheeleri), And catclaw acacia (Senegalia greggii). The bark is furrowed and grey, leaves are greyish/green with sharply serrated edges. Flowers are nondescript but followed by small acorns. Plants are variable in size but are typically quite bushy and dense, in habitat these plants often Form dense stands. Because of the variability and wide distribution of this species it is best to source trees cultivated from seed collected close by.