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Quercus gambelii (Gambel Oak)

Quercus gambelii
Gambel Oak

Gambel oak is native over a wide range in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, from 4000' to 8000' in elevation. Usually found in dense thickets, its size varies from 5 foot shrubs to 50 foot trees, depending upon available moisture and deer browsing. With adequate moisture, Gambel oak can grow 2 feet per year. It performs best in areas where temperatures cool off at night, such as Albuquerque, NM Las Vegas, NV and colder locations. Infrequent, deep irrigations are best, since root rot can occur in heavy water-logged soils. In very sandy, well-drained soils more frequent irrigations will be needed. It has deeply-lobed, deciduous leaves and rough, grey bark.

Plant Type Native, Tree
Exposure Full Sun
Water Needs Low
Hardiness Zone Zone 4 (-30° F)
Flower Color Inconspicuous
Flower Season Spring, Summer, Fall
Growth Rate Slow
Height 30 (ft)
Spread 30 (ft)
Spacing 20' (ft)
Characteristics Great Foliage
Attracts Birds, Wildlife
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Tolerance Drought
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Image by: Wiki Commons
Image by: Wiki Commons

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