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Quercus sinuata var. breviloba (White shin oak)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Quercus sinuata var. breviloba

Quercus sinuata Walter var. breviloba (Torr.) C.H. Mull.

White Shin Oak, Bigelow Oak, Scaly-bark Oak, Limestone Durand Oak, Shortlobe Oak, Bastard Oak

Fagaceae (Beech Family)

Synonym(s): Quercus annulata, Quercus breviloba, Quercus durandii var. breviloba, Quercus san-sabeana, Quercus sinuata var. san-sabeana

USDA Symbol: qusib

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A shrub or small tree with light gray, flaking bark. Forms thickets on shallow soil, seldom a single tree, found mostly on flat-topped limestone hills. Leaves up to 3 inches long, irregularly and shallowly lobed with their broadest part nearer the tip than the base. Acorns up to 5/8 inch long and 3/8 inch wide.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Pinnate
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Inflorescence: Catkin
Fruit Type: Nut
Size Notes: Usually multi-trunked, up to about 12 feet tall. Rarely up to about 40 feet tall.

Bloom Information

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


Native Habitat: Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannas, Hillsides, Slopes

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Limestone-based, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay


Use Wildlife: Nesting site, Cover, Substrate-insectivorous birds. Fruit-mammals, birds, deer, rodents.
Warning: Leaves and acorns toxic to animals if eaten; in some cases fatal. Humans should generally avoid ingesting plants that are toxic to animals.
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Horace's Duskywing, Hairstreak.

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
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX


Bibref 766 - Dale Groom's Texas Gardening Guide (2002) Groom, D.
Bibref 298 - Field Guide to Texas Trees (1999) Simpson, B.J.
Bibref 354 - Native & Naturalized Woody Plants of Austin & the Hill Country (1981) Lynch, D.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
Bibref 297 - Trees of Central Texas (1984) Vines, Robert A.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Quercus sinuata var. breviloba in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Quercus sinuata var. breviloba in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Quercus sinuata var. breviloba


Record Modified: 2015-11-05
Research By: TWC Staff

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