Shin Oak

Quercus harvardii

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Basic Information

Other names

Harvard Oak

Order

Fagales

Family

Fagaceae

Size

2 - 9 ft

Leaf Color

Green, Red Fall Foliage

Leaf Arrangement

Alternate

Leaf Complexity

Simple

Leaf Shape

Elliptical/Ovate

Blooming Season

Spring

Bloom Color

Green

Attracts

Wildlife

Shin Oak Habitat

Shin Oaks (Quercus harvardii) are common in sandy soils and dunes where other species of trees will not grow.

Shin Oak Facts

Shin Oaks (Quercus harvardii) thrive where other plants and trees just cannot live. They require little water and are often the only plants growing around it. It generally is a thick shrub around 3 feet tall, but in the right circumstances can grow much larger. Because it does well in harsh environments it serves several important functions. Its roots stabilize the sandy soil and help prevent erosion, but it also is an incredibly important to wildlife. Its thick branches provide nesting habitat for birds, small mammals like rabbits and a slew of reptiles. Its acorns may be one of the few food sources for wildlife like deer, pronghorn and wild turkeys.

Shin Oak Distribution



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