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Quercus hypoleucoides (Silverleaf oak)
Juett, William

Quercus hypoleucoides

Quercus hypoleucoides A. Camus

Silverleaf Oak, Whiteleaf Oak

Fagaceae (Beech Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Evergreen tree with rounded, spreading crown of foliage that is shiny above and silvery-white beneath; sometimes a clump-forming shrub.

One of North America's most distinctive and beautiful small oaks, Silverleaf Oak is grown in warm regions as an ornamental for its unusual foliage. The scientific name, meaning "white underneath," refers to the leaves.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Pinnate
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Inflorescence: Catkin
Fruit Type: Nut
Size Notes: Up to about 30 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


Native Distribution: Trans-Pecos Texas west to SE. Arizona; also N. Mexico; at 5000-7000' (1524-2134 m).
Native Habitat: Mountain slopes and canyons; in oak woodland with other evergreen oaks.


Bibref 298 - Field Guide to Texas Trees (1999) Simpson, B.J.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Quercus hypoleucoides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Quercus hypoleucoides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Quercus hypoleucoides


Record Modified: 2018-06-26
Research By: TWC Staff

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