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Muller Oak
Quercus cornelius-mulleri
  
About Muller Oak (Quercus cornelius-mulleri) 2 Nurseries Carry This Plant Quercus cornelius-mulleri is a North American species of oak known by the common name Muller oak, or Muller's oak. It was described to science in 1981 when it was segregated from the Quercus dumosa complex and found to warrant species status of its own. It was named for the ecologist Cornelius Herman Muller. It is native to southern California and Baja California, where it grows in chaparral, oak woodlands, and other habitat in foothills and mountains. It can most easily be observed in Joshua Tree National Park and in the woodlands along the western margins of the Colorado Desert in San Diego County, California. Quercus cornelius-mulleri is a bushy shrub not exceeding 3 meters (10 feet) in height. It is densely branched, its tangled twigs gray, brown, or yellowish, fuzzy when new and becoming scaly with age. Quercus cornelius-mulleri is a bushy shrub not exceeding 3 meters (10 feet) in height. It is densely branched, its tangled twigs gray, brown, or yellowish, fuzzy when new and becoming scaly with age. The evergreen leaves are leathery and thick. They are bicolored: white and quite woolly on the undersides and dull gray- or yellow-green and faintly hairy on the upper surfaces. The wool on the undersides of the leaves is made up of star-shaped leaf hairs that are fused into microscopic plates. The leaf blades are oval with smooth or toothed edges, and measure 2. 5 to 3. 5 centimeters (1. 0-1. 4 inches) in length. The fruit is an acorn with a cap up to 2 centimeters (0. 8 inches) wide covered in light-colored scales and a cylindrical, round-ended nut up to 3 centimeters (1. 2 inches) long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
8 ft tall

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Flower Color
Flower Color
Cream, Green

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring

Wildlife Supported
 
Many insects are attracted to Oaks generally, including the following butterflies which use Oaks as host plant: California Sister, Propertius Duskywing, Mournful Duskywing, Golden Hairstreak, and Gold-Hunter's Hairstreak.

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Common uses
Common uses
Bank Stabilization, Hedges, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
2, 3, 7*, 8, 9*, 10, 11, 14*, 15, 16, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22, 23

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Slopes, granitic soils

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 4.0" - 29.9", Summer Precipitation: 0.25" - 2.77", Coldest Month: 34.3" - 58.8", Hottest Month: 62.8" - 87.5", Humidity: 1.45" - 38.31", Elevation: 124" - 6831"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Muller's Oak


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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