Gambel Oak

Quercus gambelii
Size: #10
15-30 feet high x 12-20 feet wide
Open irregular shape
Zone 3
Full Sun


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One of our personal favorites, this native performs at its best in central Wyoming! Can be considered a small tree/large shrub with the ability to withstand just about anything Mother Nature can conjure—wind, drought, sun, and difficult soils. Consider planting them in multiples, much like an Aspen grove or for a windbreak. Excellent choice for wildlife (especially squirrels and turkeys!) because of the acorns it produces. Glossy green leaves turn yellow to an occasional orange or red in autumn.

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Throughout this site, the following are used as guidelines for watering established plants:

water_drops_icon  These truly xeric plants can live with our 12 inches of natural annual precipitation and only need a winter watering during a multi-year drought, but they will thrive with a monthly watering. Overwatering will kill some of these.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants are adapted to intermittent deep watering with soil drying to a depth of a few inches between waterings. Watering frequency may be every couple of weeks during the active growing season and maybe only one winter watering for optimal care.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants need regular watering somewhat like a bluegrass lawn so that they never dry to depth in the root system during the active growing season, and need occasional winter watering to prevent root dessication and resultant plant death.

About sizes of our plants:

Sizes indicated with a # are roughly the equivalent in gallonage; so a #2 is about a 2 gallon pot size; b&b stands for balled and burlapped.