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Lacey Oak Quercus laceyi (Quercus glaucoides)


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Lacey Oak
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Alternate name: Rock Oak, Smoky Oak

Family: Fagaceae, Beech view all from this family

Description Lacey's oak is a medium-sized tree on good sites or a shrub on poor sites. Branches are erect and spreading and there can be multiple trunks. Leaves are deciduous, thick and oblong with a few shallow lobes. Foliage is peach-colored in spring and fall; dark-blue or grayish-green in summer. Summer foliage takes on a smokey appearance.

Habitat Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Canyons & valleys.

Range Texas.

Comments This drought resistent tree is considered one of Texas' most attractive oaks. It is relatively less susceptible to the oak wilt fungus.

Exposure Preference Sun to partial shade.

Native Distribution Edwards Plateau, Texas & n.e. Mexico

Site Preference Limestone bluffs; rocky, river banks

Soil Preference Limestone or rocky soils.

Wildlife Value Provides food and cover for deer, small mammals, and birds.