Great Design Plant: Blue Oak
Botanical name: Quercus douglasii Common name: Blue oak USDA zones: 6-9 Water requirement: Light Sun requirement: Full sun Mature size: 30’ (or more) h x 40-50’ spread Tolerances: Resists sudden oak death. Distinguishing traits: Blue oak is deciduous, with easily recognized leaves: they’re lobed with a bluish tint. Before you plant it: Consider blue oak if you live in a hot dry climate where blue oak grows naturally. Remember that it’s awesomely slow growing – an inch or two per year. Look for it at native specialty growers (http://www.californiaoaks.org/html/oak_tree_care.html#nurseries).