Bear Oak

Quercus ilicifolia

Family: Fagaceae (fag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Quercus (KWER-kus) (Info)
Species: ilicifolia (il-liss-ee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Deciduous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

4.5 or below (very acidic)

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Falmouth, Massachusetts

Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

Christiana, Tennessee

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Oct 20, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

This oak, also called Scrub Oak, is a large shrub growing full-size at 12 to 20 high. Its native range is from southern Maine into parts of New England and New York, much of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey, spots in Delaware, and the border area of Virginia with West Virginia. It usually grows in sandy or rocky, dry soils but can do clay soils also. Wide pH range of 4 to 7.5. Bears small acorns in large numbers in fall and early winter, good for wildlife.

Neutral

On Aug 30, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

A small shrubby oak of the Northeastern Appalachian Mts. It usually forms small thickets.

The acorns are less than 3/8" long, and the small leaves(2" to 5") have the characteristic end bristles of the Red Oak clan.

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