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Grey Oak
Quercus turbinella
  
About Grey Oak (Quercus turbinella) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Grey Oak (Quercus turbinella) is a rare native shrub in the Fagaceae (Oak) family that grows in scattered locations throughout the Southwestern U.S. In California it is found primarily in the Desert Mountains and Mojave Desert regions at elevations from 3900-6600 feet. The climate in these areas is wet and relatively cold in winter, dry and hot in summer. The oblong leaves are yellowish-green and the bark is grey, giving the plant an overall grey appearance.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
6.6 - 10 ft tall
10 ft wide

Form
Form
Mounding, Rounded, Upright

Flower Color
Flower Color
Cream, Green

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.

 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 6 confirmed , 107 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Never irrigate once established

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

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

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Use with other Desert edge or high Desert plants such as Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia), California Juniper (Juniperus californicus), and Pinyon Pine (Pinus monophylla).

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: Fresh seeds sow in fall outdoors or stratify to hold for spring sowing. (USDA Forest Service 1974).

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
5, 7*, 8, 9*, 10, 11, 14*, 15, 16, 17, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22, 23, 24

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry slopes on the eastern slopes of the Coast Ranges, Transverse Range and Peninsular Range

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 5.6" - 38.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.17" - 2.82", Coldest Month: 36.8" - 57.9", Hottest Month: 55.9" - 83.4", Humidity: 0.83" - 36.39", Elevation: 543" - 8366"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Shrub Live Oak, Sonoran Scrub Oak, Turbinella 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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