MEXICAN LIVE OAK — Quercus polymorpha
This species originally is found in the mountain ranges around Monterrey, Mexico.
Partially evergreen in this area, it can grow very fast and thus produce a decent tree in a shorter time than other oaks.
It has large strap like leaves that are reddish green when young, gradually turning to olive green. It produces a medium size acorn which is eaten by wildlife. Its growth habit is a broad pyramid with branches that turn slightly upward.
It most closely resembles the Chinquapin Oak, Quercus Muhlenbergei. It prefers a moist rich deeper soil but is highly adaptable. This tree is rated one of our better trees for urban landscapes and yards.
Give this tree considerable amounts of water its first two years then water as needed to maintain growth.
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