silverleaf oak Fagaceae Quercus
hypoleucoides A. Camus symbol: QUHY
Leaf: Alternate, evergreen, simple, narrowly oblong to lanceolate, 2 to 4 inches long, edges revolute, occasionally a few shallow teeth, narrow pointed tip, leathery, shiny yellow-green above and very white (silvery) hairy 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, scaly bowl-shaped cap, covers 1/3 of nut, ripens in 1 (or 2 seasons), maturing in early fall.
Twig: Slender to moderate, generally with white fuzz; end buds clustered, reddish brown and broadly triangular with a sharp point.
Bark: Dark gray, thin with shallow, lighter colored fissures and narrow ridges.
Form: A medium sized tree that reaches up to 60 feet tall with a spreading round crown
Additional Range Information: Quercus hypoleucoides is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting silverleaf oak.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654