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Quercus kelloggii - Maple Leafed Oak

Quercus kelloggii is most often found as a medium sized tree, taller than wide, but with a goodly amount of time and superior conditions the Maple Leafed Oak can grow 80-100 feet tall. The Maple Leafed Oak grows through the foothills of much of California up to an elevation of 7000 feet at the southern limits of its range. The foliage of Quercus kelloggii is quite colorful, starting out fuzzy and pink, then apple green and finally turning brilliant yellows and reds in the Fall. Young trees are often found as an understory to the pines in the Sierras. The Maple Leafed Black Oak grows at the lower elevations where there is snow. In the garden Quercus kelloggii requires decent drainage. Some think the acorns of the Maple Leafed Oak have the best flavor when properly prepared, others think that the skill of the cook is the bigger factor. Quercus kelloggii is a host plant for the Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar.

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Quercus kelloggii, Maple Leafed Oak