Mexican blue oak Fagaceae Quercus oblongifolia
Leaf:Alternate, evergreen, simple, oblong, 1 to 2 inches long, entire margins, rounded tip, leathery and stiff, blue-green above, green beneath.
Flower:Species is monoecious; males in long drooping catkins, yellow-green; females very small spikes in leaf axils, appearing with the leaves.
Fruit:Oblong acorn, 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, reddish; scaly bowl-shaped cap, covers 1/3 of nut; ripens in 1 year in early fall.
Twig:Slender to moderate, hairless; end buds clustered, reddish brown and blunt.
Bark:Light gray with shallow furrows that develop into rectangular patches with scaly tops.
Form:A small tree or large shrub reaching up to 30 feet with a short trunk and a spreading round crown.