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Plant Details

Quercus minima

Dwarf Live Oak, Minimal Oak

Scientific Name:

Quercus minima

Genus:

Quercus

Species Epithet:

minima

Common Name:

Dwarf Live Oak, Minimal Oak

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Fagaceae (Beech Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Pine flatwoods, coastal fringe sandhills. This species is limited to the lower Coastal Plain only. Very rare and easily overlooked, in its range in NC. This is a State Significantly Rare species.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Semi-evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S1: Critically imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

SR-P: Significantly Rare: Peripheral (*Key)

Notes:

Rhizomatous shrub forming thickets. The leaves look a bit like narrow American Holly (Ilex opaca) leaves.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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