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Emory Oak Quercus emoryi


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Emory Oak
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Alternate name: Black Oak, Blackjack Oak

Family: Fagaceae, Beech view all from this family

Description Emory's oak is a 30-60 ft. oak with a round crown, very roughly furrowed black bark and nearly evergreen leaves. Glossy, leathery leaves, arranged in whorls, resemble holly leaves. They drop gradually in the spring with the new foliage appearing soon thereafter. Red acorns with have a yellow cap.

Habitat Mountains, Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Canyons & valleys.

Range Texas, Southwest.

Exposure Preference Sun.

Native Distribution Mts. of Trans-Pecos, Texas to c. Arizona & n.w. Mexico

Site Preference Dry foothills; moist canyons; 5000 ft.

Soil Preference Well-drained, igneous soils.

Wildlife Value Provides food and cover for deer, javelina, quail, turkey, desert bighorn sheep, birds.