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Valley oak

Quercus lobata

This majestic tree is the largest oak in North America. Trunk and limbs of mature trees are often picturesquely twisted with long, drooping outer branches. Most characteristic native tree of the Central Valley. Low water user, but adaptable to many soil conditions.

SMUD Availability:
Yes
Size:
Large
Height:
50-80 ft
Width:
50-80 ft
Water Needs:
Low
Evergreen or Deciduous:
Deciduous
Shape:
spreading
Fall color:
Yellow
Flowers:
No
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Sunset Zones:
7, 8, 9, 14
Diseases and pests:
Susceptible to borers, caterpillars and scale, crown rot, mistletoe and root rot
Useful as a street tree? Minimum planting strip width?:
Yes, 8' planting strip

Minimum Planting Distances

  • from a building foundation: 18 feet
  • from walks and driveways: 8 feet
  • from a utility overhead (such as an overhead power line): 30 feet
  • between trees: 30 feet

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