Garry Oak – Native Plant Spotlight

Garry Oak (Quercus garryana)

Garry Oak (Quercus garryana)

A unique compilation of twisting trunks and branches, the majestic native Garry Oak (Quercus garryana) tree is a striking work of ecological art.

Slow to grow, it is an attractive deciduous tree with lobed green leaves and intricate branches, that can live for anywhere from 250 to 500 years. Incredibly multifaceted, they provide food and shelter for a plethora of native wildlife such as the endangered Western Grey squirrel. Additionally, the statue of these mighty trees makes for excellent shade cover in forests and curated outdoor landscapes alike.

Particularly climate adept, Gary Oak is incredibly dependable as it is tolerant to drought as well low fertility soils. At their full-size, they can grow to be 80 to 100 feet tall and have thick bark that is notably fire resistant relative to other native trees.

An unwavering pillar of our region’s ecology, Garry Oak is a sustainable native tree that is sure to last for many generations to come.

Chloe Steffes, 2023-2024 AmeriCorps Education Specialist

Oregon State University
Urban Forest Nursery

Photo Credits: J Brew, Walter Siegmund

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