Botanical Name: Quercus kelloggii


Common Name: California Black Oak  


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Water Saving Tip:

Water-wise plants can be beautiful as well as practical.

Ask at your local nursery for the types of plants that have minimal watering needs.

California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

12-25', 25-40'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Light Green, Purple


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Winter, Fall


Full, Half





Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Multi-trunk Tree, Silhouette, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Entry, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Screen


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Betsy Thompson
  • Description

  • Notes

The California Black Oak is a deciduous tree that grows 20'-60' tall. It has sharply lobed leaves which turn yellow to orange in the fall. The Black Oak is a California native, is drought tolerant, and attracts butterflies.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.