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Quercus palmeri

Quercus palmeri Engelm.

Palmer Oak, Dunn Oak

Fagaceae (Beech Family)

Synonym(s): Quercus chrysolepis var. palmeri, Quercus dunnii

USDA Symbol: QUPA10

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Evergreen, thicket-forming shrub or small tree with several small trunks.

Dunn Oak is closely related to Canyon Live Oak (Quercus chrysolepis) and was once regarded as a variety of that species.


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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 20 feet tall. Often much shorter.

Bloom Information

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


Native Distribution: Extreme SW. New Mexico, Arizona, and S. California and adjacent Mexico; at 3000-6000' (914-1829 m).
Native Habitat: Dry slopes and canyons; in chaparral and pinyon-juniper woodland.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-06-08
Research By: TWC Staff

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