Emory Oak

Quercus emoryi

Quercus emoryi photo © by Michael Plagens

This Emory Oak was found in a deep, shady portion of Peralta Canyon, Superstition Mountains, Arizona. This image is hosted at high resolution Wikipedia

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Insects on Emory Oak

Agave Bug


TREE: A medium sized tree with very dark bark that is fissured vertically and horizontally into more-or-less rectangular scales.

LEAVES: Dark green, shiny leaves are wavy edged and have fairly sharp points; one at the tip and a few or none along the lateral margins. Most leaves remain on tree through winter; some are shed in spring as new leaves emerge, while still more are replaced after the onset of summer rains.

RANGE: Emory Oak appears frequently as a component of Arizona's sycamore galleries. Some trees growing in moister, deep soils can grow to large proportions. Less frequent at the higher and lowest elevations.

FLOWERS: Catkins of small flowers without showy petals. Abundant pollen colors the flowers yellow and is mostly dispersed by wind.

FRUIT: Acorns mature in one season and have a scaly cup which is hairy inside and out.

Fagaceae -- Oak Family

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Arizona Naturalist
Sycamore Canyons
The Flora of Arizona's Sycamore Canyons


Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 21 April 2011,
updated 13 August 2014