Gambel Oak

Quercus gambelii

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Basic Information

Order

Fagales

Family

Fagaceae

Size

10 - 40 ft

Leaf Color

Green, Red Fall Foliage

Leaf Arrangement

Alternate

Leaf Complexity

Simple

Blooming Season

Spring

Bloom Color

Yellow

Attracts

Wildlife

Gambel Oak Habitat

Gambel Oaks (Quercus gambelii) thrive in dry rocky high elevation canyons and mountain slopes.

Gambel Oak Facts

Gambel Oaks (Quercus gambelii) are a common tree in harsh environments in the desert southern U.S. It is extremely drought tolerant and grows at higher elevations than most oak species. Its wood is hard, but its branches are flexible so when covered by heavy snowfall they do not break. Gambel Oaks are an extremely important food source to wildlife. They are named after famed naturalist William Gambel.

Gambel Oak Distribution



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