Gambel Oak (Quercus gambelii)

[ Trees > Hardwoods > Oaks . . . ]      Forest Type: SW Desert / Ponderosa Zone


Shrub-like tree; growing in arid regions of the Four Corners area; leaves lobed, without bristle tips; acorns small.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: In arid regions of the southwestern Rocky Mountains; often mingled with ponderosa pine at lower elevations.

Stature: 25-35 feet high (often smaller); to 1 foot in diameter; with thick, erect branches; with an open crown.

Leaves: 3-7 inches long; with 7-9 rounded lobes; thick; dark green above; paler green and finely hairy below.

Bark: Grayish; composed of loose plates.

Acorns: To 3/4 inch long; enclosed about halfway in a scaly cup.

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Quercus gambelii

Quercus gambelii

Quercus gambelii

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