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Quercus polymorpha (Mexican white oak)
Cressler, Alan

Quercus polymorpha

Quercus polymorpha Schltdl. & Cham.

Mexican White Oak, Netleaf White Oak, Monterrey Oak

Fagaceae (Beech Family)


USDA Symbol: QUPO2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Native from Val Verde County in west Texas south through Mexico to Guatemala, Mexican White Oak is resistant to oak wilt and is a hardy evergreen oak tree spreading to 60 feet wide as it matures and a height of 80.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Retention: Semi-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 80 feet tall. Trunk up to about 2 feet in diameter.

Bloom Information

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


Native Distribution: Val Verde County in west Texas south through eastern Mexico to Guatemala

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Conditions Comments: This species is widespread in Mexico and found in a few west Texas canyons. It is a relatively fast growing oak, and practically evergreen in Austin. It is more resistant to oak wilt and other diseases and pests than other oaks.


Use Ornamental: Quercus polymorpha is available in the nursery trade in Texas and the southeastern United States.
Interesting Foliage: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX
NPSOT - Fredericksburg Chapter - Fredericksburg, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2018-03-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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