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Quercus durata - Leather Oak

Quercus durata grows to be a small tree topping out at 15 feet or less, an excellent attribute for many smaller gardens. The Leather Oak works well as a street tree. Quercus durata is easily shaped and can be quite sculptural. I like using these small trees as a miniature forest. Quercus durata is native to the Coast Ranges of California and often can be found in serpentine soils that are heavy clay and mineral defecient. Quercus durata is exceptionally drought tolerant. Quercus durata is a host for the Hedgerow Hairstreak, Mournful Duskywing butterflies and the Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar.

Qeurcus durata, Leather Oak

Foliage of Quercus durata - Leather Oak. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

The other oaks featured on this site:
Quercus agrifolia * Coast Live Oak
Quercus berberidifolia * Scrub Oak
Quercus douglasii * Blue Oak
Quercus garryana * Oregon White Oak, Garry Oak
Quercus john-tuckeri * Tucker's Oak
Quercus kelloggii * Maple Leafed Oak
Quercus lobata * Valley Oak
Quercus muehlenbergii * Chinkapin Oak