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Gambel Oak, White Oak, Rocky Mountain White Oak, Utah White Oak
Quercus gambelii

Fagaceae (white oak group)

Gambel Oak grows at high elevations, usually above 6,000 feet, in the Chinati, Chisos, Guadlaupe and Davis mountains in the Trans-Pecos of west Texas. It is a thicket-forming small tree, 15 to 25 feet high. Except for its small stature, it looks remarkably like White Oak (Q. alba). It grows on acid or alkaline soils, but is never found at low elevations. Its leaves are dark green above and fuzzy on the undersides, with deeply divided lobes.

Plant Habit or Use: small tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: brown catkins 1 1/2 in. long

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: acorn 1/2 to 3/4 in. long

Height: to 25 ft.

Width: to 20 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: medium low

Water Requirements: low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

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