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Sandpaper Oak, Scrub Oak, Shin Oak, Scrub Live Oak, Encino
Quercus pungens var. pungens

Fagaceae (white oak group)

Sandpaper Oak is found in west Texas, usually on limestone hillsides and dry creek and river banks. It grows to only 15 to 20 feet. The upper surface of the leaves is harsh to the touch, somewhat like sandpaper. It is evergreen, with small, shiny, many-toothed green leaves. Sandpaper Oak closely resembles Vasey Oak, var. vaseyana, but Vasey Oak has a smooth upper leaf surface, only semi-evergreen leaves, and not as many teeth on the leaf margins.

Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: catkins

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: acorn, reddish-brown

Height: to 20 ft.

Width: to 15 ft.

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements: low

Soil Requirements: alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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