Scrub Oak, Florida Scrub Oak, Sandhill Oak

Quercus inopina

Family: Fagaceae (fag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Quercus (KWER-kus) (Info)
Species: inopina (in-oh-PYE-nuh) (Info)




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Daytona Beach, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Osprey, Florida

Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 19, 2010, concretephil from Osprey, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

The two other posters have missed at least two points about the Florida Scrub Oak.
Florida Scrub is not just limited to the Central Highlands of Florida, it also exists along the Gulf Coast, and the Florida Scrub Jay, a threatened species, absolutly depends on scrub. The scrub oak is the primary food source for the bird. The bird collects the nuts and makes several underground deposits with up to 200 nuts in each one.
The Florida scrub is highly dependent on fire to burn down all of the understory that competes with the scrub oaks and other low growing plants, such a Palmetto Palms (serenoa rupens). The Scrub Oak is one of the first plants to re-sprout after a fire and is able to re-establish it dominance in the understory. Fire also burns out the taller plants that hide ... read more


On Dec 26, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Scrub Oak, Florida Scrub Oak or Sandhill Oak (Quercus inopina) is native and endemic to the dry scrub, sandhills and dry Florida Scrub habitats and other dry, sandy habitats such as open palmetto and oak scrub from north-central Florida (zone 8b) southward to just north of Lake Okeechobee in Martin, Saint Lucie, Highlands, Polk, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties (zone 9b) as well as throughout the central ridges of Florida, up through the central part of the state to north-central Florida (zone 8b). It is a small, shrubby oak with long, thin upturned leaves (which helps plants such as this species conserve water and survive in the dry sandy areas, sandhills, and dry Florida Scrub habitats they inhabit). It is usually a short to medium (occasionally it is a tall shrub or small tre... read more


On Dec 24, 2004, TREEHUGR from Now in Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Scrubby and shrubby. Evergreen oak is very common and native in my area. Narrow leaves, small acorns. Would make a nice privacy screen I suppose.