of Los Angeles - Department of Public Works
Bureau of Street Services
Form - Semievergreen. Moderately fast growing tree to a mature height
of 40' or more with a broad umbrella-shape with spreading heavy-limbed
low branching crown twice as wide or more.
Trunk - Broad gray trunk when immature turns dark brown or gray to almost
black when mature. Deep tight furrows run the length of the trunk.
Foliage - Elliptical or oblong entire leaves are 1 1/2 - 4" long by
5/8 - 2" wide with thick, rounded tip, sometimes ending in tiny teeth.
The edges are usually straight and slightly rolled under, rarely with
a few spiny teeth. They are dark green and shiny above, gray-green and
densely hairy on undersides, shedding after new leaves develop in the
- Male flowers insignificant, borne in racemes in spring. Fruit are narrow,
oblong elliptic acorns, 5/8 - 1" long, of which one fourth to one half
is enclosed by a deep reddish-brown cup. Acorns are green, becoming brown;
long-stalked; maturing first year.
significant pest problems are known at this time.
Sunset zones - 4 - 24.
- Suitable for 7' minimum parkways, medians or cutouts.
Good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns.
Prefers deep, rich soil (but will grow in alkaline soil), needs
ample water and hot summer climate. Will do well in low deserts with watei
High resistance to salt spray.