Valley Oak

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Quercus lobata

  • Landscape Size: 50 to 60’ feet tall and wide
  • Sun: Full sun to partial shade
  • Uses: Shade Tree, Statement Tree
  • Heat Tolerance: High
  • Water: Medium-High water.
  • Growth: Fast
  • Zone 5-9.

Magnificent tree for shading large areas.
A massive but graceful tree, with thick, ashgray checkered bark.

The Valley Oak grows into the largest of North American oaks.
Crushing a leaf releases a subtle, woodsy aroma.
Deep roots, Long-lived. Tolerates extremely dry desert conditions but will grow faster if given deep regularly watering and if soils are improved with the help of Soil Secrets. Grows well in most soils, including alkaline, loamy, sandy, well-drained soils – does not tolerate soppy wet clay.

Valley Oak (Quercus lobata) is native to California. Slow to moderate growth to 40′-50′ tall and wide. Leaves similar to Gambel oak. Yellow brown fall color. Deep roots. Long-lived. Regular water. Does very well in clay soils and high water table areas. Zone 6.