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Fall color


Form and fall color

Emory Oak, Black Oak, Bellota, Roble Negro, Holly Oak, Apache Oak, Desert Live Oak, Western Black Oak
Quercus emoryi

Fagaceae (black oak group)

Emory oak grows in moist canyons, valleys and creek bottoms in the mountains of the Trans-Pecos in west Texas, at elevations above 4,500 feet. It will not grow on alkaline soils. It must have acid soils, and moisture. The leaves have a holly-like appearance: dark green, stiff and glossy, with toothed margins. The tree is effectively evergreen, with new leaves appearing very soon after the old ones drop in the spring. Although most oaks in the black oak group have acorns that take two years to mature, emory oaks produce acorns annually. They are sweet and can be eaten out of hand, and are popular with wildlife as well.

Plant Habit or Use: small tree medium tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: yellow catkins

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: 1/2 inch acorn

Height: to 70 ft.

Width: to 75 ft.

Plant Character: evergreen semievergreen

Heat Tolerance: medium

Water Requirements: high medium

Soil Requirements: acid

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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