Gambel Oak (Quercus gambelii)



Gambel Oak (Quercus gambelii) (13745 bytes)       

Gambel oak is on the small size for oaks compared to its eastern relatives, growing only 20-30 ft. It is a very drought tolerant tree that would be suitable for the low water use landscape and in smaller landscapes. It tends to be much bushier, often forming a multi-stemmed thicket, than the larger oaks. Zones 4-7.

gambel oak foliage (6484 bytes) gambel oak fall foliage (7246 bytes)      Foliage becomes glossy with age. It has brownish orange, sometimes red fall color.
 oak,gambel mature acorn (6331 bytes) Acorns are a source of food for wildlife.
gambel oak bark (2887 bytes) Bark is red-brown to gray with rough furrows on older stems.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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