Quercus berberidifolia, the California Scrub Oak, is a small evergreen or semi-evergreen shrubby oak in the white oak section Quercus sect. Quercus. It is native to the scrubby hills of California, and is a common member of chaparral ecosystems.
Quercus berberidifolia grows to 1–2 meters (40–80 inches) tall, rarely to 4 meters (10 feet), and has sharply toothed, dull green leaves which are 1.5–3 cm (0.6–1.2 inches) long and 1–2 cm (0.4–0.8 inch) broad, leathery on their top surfaces and somewhat hairy underneath. The solitary or paired brown acorns are 1–3 cm (0.4–1.2 inches) long and 1–2 cm (0.4–0.8 inch) broad, and pointed or egg-shaped with thin caps when mature (about 6–8 months after pollination). In cooler, more exposed areas, California Scrub Oak is usually a small, compact shrub, but in warm or sheltered areas the plant can spread out and grow several meters high.
The word chaparral is derived from the Spanish word for Scrub Oak, “chaparro.” The non-specific meaning of the term is “short in stature.” Because most scrub vegetation is rather low growing, the term is broadly applied to all of the vegetation in “chaparral” communities.
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Grow your own California Scrub Oak (Quercus berberidifolia), a small evergreen oak from the hills of California
100% guaranteed: If your seedling perishes, we are happy to provide a replacement small-sized seedling for just the cost of shipping/handling ($4.60)
Seed-grown without poison or pesticides at our nursery on California’s Redwood Coast
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