Quercus chrysolepis Fagaceae
Canyon Live Oak KWER-kus kris-o-LEP-is
- Broadleaf evergreen tree/shrub, 20-60 ft (6-18 m) high, short trunk, spreading horizontal branches, sometimes shrubby. Leaves alternate, simple, elliptical to oblong, 2.5-7.5 cm long, 1.2-4 cm wide, often with spiny teeth, some entire, thick, leathery, shiny green above and yellowish or gray below. Acorns egg-shaped, variable in size, 2-5 cm long, with a turban-like cap; requires two seasons to mature.
- Sun. Well-drained soil, withstands drought.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Native to southwest Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona.
- chrysolepis: chryso, gold, and lepis, scale, -- golden-scale, refers to the yellowish acorn cap or cup.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: west side of the Moreland Hall "arboretum".