Oregon White Oak (aka Garry Oak). This tree is native to the area and can be seen growing in clusters in fields all around the valley.
Characteristics: Can reach 80 feet or more. (The record is 120 feet tall!) Slow growing and somewhat messy, dropping strands of flowers (not very flowery looking) known as catkins in the springtime and acorns and leaves in the fall. Gnarled, wild-looking branches provide lots of character. Growth habit varies from wide, draping canopy to more vertical. Make good complements for acid-loving plants beneath (like rhododendrons, azaleas, or camellias). Leaves are highly desirable as compost.
Requirements: Full sun. Tolerant of droughts, and does not like being soggy all the time.
See the Tree: The former frisbee-golf course on Modoc just north of Siskiyou in Medford.
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