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Fagaceae -- Beech family

    Dale A. Thornburgh

    Canyon live oak Quercus chrysolepis), also called canyon  oak, goldcup oak, live oak, maul oak, and white live oak, is an  evergreen species of the far West, with varied size and form  depending on the site. In sheltered canyons, this oak grows best  and reaches a height of 30 in (100 ft). On exposed mountain  slopes, it is shrubby and forms dense thickets. Growth is slow  but constant, and this tree may live for 300 years. The acorns  are important as food to many animals and birds. The hard dense  wood is shock resistant and was formerly used for wood-splitting  mauls. It is an excellent fuel wood and makes attractive  paneling. Canyon live oak is also a handsome landscape tree.


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Dale A. Thornburgh

Source: Silvics of North America


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