Shrub Live Oak (Quercus turbinella) Quercus turbinella, leaves Quercus turbinella
Quercus turbinella Quercus turbinella
Common Name Scrub live oak, Shrub live oak, Sonoran scrub oak
Latin Name Quercus turbinella
Family Fagaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 2, 3, 7-24 / 7-9
Type / Form Shrub / Large
Native Habitat Chaparral and woodland above 4,000 feet in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts
Soil Dry decomposed granite, sand, limestone, clay loam, low organic content, well drained
Exposure Full sun
Water None to once per month depending on soil
Height X Width Less than 15 feet, usual 6 feet X 6 feet
Protective Mechanism Small spines on leaves
Leaves Evergreen, grey green, leathery
Flowers Sonoecious; males in drooping 1 inch long catkins, yellow-green; females very small spikes in leaf axils, appearing with the leaves
Bark / Roots Light gray and finely scaly. Twigs slender, reddish brown with some fine tan fuzz when young; buds clustered, globose / Considerable with rhizomes
Maintenance None
Propagation Seeds (acorns), considerable root system uses rhizomes
Pests and diseases

Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Aphids, Beetle Borers, Beetle Grubs, Caterpillars, Coddling Moths, Insect Galls, Scales and White Fly, Sudden Oak Death, Crown Rot, Mistletoe, Oak Root Rot, Phytophthora, Powdery Mildew, Root Rot and Sooty Mold.

Landscape uses Erosion control, rock garden, low maintenance, background
Garden Suitability Songbird, Thornless, Butterfly, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Remains small, evergreen
Nature Value Acorns eaten by squirrels and strong beaked birds, cover for nesting birds, larval plant for butterflies
Native American Uses Acorns ground to make soup and flour for unleavened bread during periods of famine
Links  
    Images, and data http://www.naturesongs.com/vvplants/scruboak.html
    Images, and data http://www.sunnygardens.com/garden_plants/quercus/quercus_2059.php
    Images and data http://www.cnr.vt.edu/DENDRO/DENDROLOGY/Syllabus2/factsheet.cfm?ID=629
    Images and data http://museum.utep.edu/chih/gardens/plants/NtoQ/querturb.htm
    Images, and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quercus_turbinella
    Images, and data http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~plants-c/bio414/species%20pages/Quercus%20turbinella.htm
    Images, and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/100924/
    Images, and data http://www.swcoloradowildflowers.com/Tree%20Enlarged%20Photo%20Pages/quercus%20turbinella.htm
    Images, and data http://www.desertmuseumdigitallibrary.org/public/detail.php?id=ASDM05016
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Fagaceae/Quercus_turbinella.html
    Images, and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=7008
    Data http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/tree/quetur/all.html
    Data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=qutu2
    Data http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?4316,4326,4354
    Data http://www.theodorepayne.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Quercus_turbinella
    Distribution http://esp.cr.usgs.gov/data/atlas/little/querturb.pdf
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=QUTU2
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=233501092
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/groups/oaks/california_oak1.html
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Quercus+turbinella
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
 
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