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Quercus berberidifolia

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Quercus berberidifolia

Species Name: Quercus berberidifolia
Common Name: California Scrub Oak

Excellent small oak recommended as a hedge or mass planted for erosion control. Superb for wildlife. Easy choice for dry, sunny slopes. Low maintenance.

Plant Family: Fagaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 3-10' H x 5' W
Growth Habit: Stout, multi-branching shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Acorns
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: North Coast Range, foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Tehachapi, Central West, Southwest, Baja
Natural Habitat: Dry slopes, chappraral Elevation: 1000-4700'"

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