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Quercus vaseyana (Vasey oak)
Anderson, Wynn

Quercus vaseyana

Quercus vaseyana Buckley

Vasey Oak, Sandpaper Oak, Scrub Oak, Shin Oak

Fagaceae (Beech Family)

Synonym(s): Quercus pungens var. vaseyana

USDA Symbol: QUVA5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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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: Yellow , Brown
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


Native Habitat: Extremely well-drained limestone uplands at low elevations in Southwest Texas and neighboring Mexico. Calcareous soils.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Conditions Comments: Vasey oak is incredibly drought tolerant. Stress, however, can cause it to grow only into a small tree. The leaves are fragrant when crumpled in your hands. Deer, squirrels, wild turkeys and other wildlife feed on the acorns. It can also be more thicket-like in habit. Leaves are typically bright glossy green.


Attracts: Birds
Deer Resistant: No


Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX


Bibref 298 - Field Guide to Texas Trees (1999) Simpson, B.J.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-10-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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