A common component of juniper-oak woodlands on Edwards limestone, either on slopes (e.g. Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat) or stony plateau tops (Black-capped Vireo habitat).
Leafs with toothed and pinnatley lobed.
Acorn covering 1/3-1/2 the nut.
A stand of saplings. From the way they grow and die back before reaching maturity, they are affected by the chestnut blight that ravaged the population in the early part of the 20th century.
Warty ridges on branches. Leaves broad at tip, then narrows toward stem.
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I have several large native examples of this oak in the yard.
A small grove of Quercus garryana (Garry Oak) are thriving on the edge of the bay, and there's another grove at the other end of Indian Island, but on military land. There used to be many more in the area, and there are some restoration efforts underway.
The family Fagaceae, or beech family, comprises about 600 species of both evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs, which are characterized by alternate simple leaves with pinnate venation, unisexual flowers in the form of catkins, and fruit in the form of cup-like (cupule) nuts. Fagaceous leaves are often lobed and both petioles and stipules are generally present. Fruits lack endosperm and lie in a scaly or spiny husk that may or may not enclose the entire...