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Plant type



7 - 10 ft Tall
10 ft Wide


Mounding, Rounded, Upright


Cream, Green

Common uses

Bank stabilization, Hedge

Grey Oak (Quercus turbinella) is a rare native shrub in the Fagaceae (Oak) family that grows in scattered locations throughout the Southwestern U.S. In California it is found primarily in the Desert Mountains and Mojave Desert regions at elevations from 3900-6600 feet. The climate in these areas is wet and relatively cold in winter, dry and hot in summer. The oblong leaves are yellowish-green and the bark is grey, giving the plant an overall grey appearance.


Full Sun, Partial Shade


Low, Very Low

Summer irrigation

Never irrigate once established

Ease of care



For propagating by seed: Fresh seeds sow in fall outdoors or stratify to hold for spring sowing. (USDA Forest Service 1974).

Sunset Zones

5, 7*, 8, 9*, 10, 11, 14*, 15, 16, 17, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22, 23, 24

Use with other desert edge or high desert plants such as Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia), California Juniper (Juniperus californicus), and Pinyon Pine (Pinus monophylla).

Big Sagebrush

Artemisia tridentata

Oneneedle Pinyon Pine

Pinus monophylla

Joshua Tree

Yucca brevifolia


Butterflies and moths supported

6 confirmed and 107 likely

Confirmed Likely

Abagrotis baueri

Acrobasis caliginella

Acrobasis comptella

Frosty Dagger Moth|Charred Dagger

Acronicta brumosa

Site type

Dry slopes on the eastern slopes of the Coast Ranges, Transverse Range and Peninsular Range

Plant communities

Joshua Tree Woodland, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland,