Lithocarpus densiflorus


  • Lithocarpus densiflorus

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Scarification: none required| none required
Stratification: none required| none required
Germination: No pre-germination treatment required; sow immediately|sow 1" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Introducing the Lithocarpus densiflorus Tanoak: The Evergreen Wonder

Discover the beauty of the Lithocarpus densiflorus Tanoak, also known as the Tanbark-oak, a remarkable evergreen tree belonging to the beech family Fagaceae. Native to the western United States, specifically California down to the Transverse Ranges and up to southwest Oregon, this majestic tree is a sight to behold.

Reaching heights of up to 40 meters (though typically 15-25 meters) in the California Coast Ranges, with a trunk diameter of 60-190 centimeters, the Tanoak stands tall and proud. Its striking blue-green foliage adds an element of elegance to any landscape.

In addition to its towering stature, the Tanoak possesses an adaptable nature. It grows well in both full sun and shadier settings, resulting in two distinct appearances. When grown in full sun, it develops into a compact and dense shrub, accompanied by its stunning blue-green leaves. Alternatively, in shadier environments, it sports a taller and greener profile.

With a preference for dry conditions and the ability to thrive in a variety of soil types, including light (sandy), medium (loamy), and heavy (clay) soils, the Tanoak is a versatile and resilient species. It can even tolerate soils with varying pH levels, thriving in both acid, neutral, and basic (alkaline) environments. Its adaptability extends to different light conditions as well, growing in semi-shade (light woodland) or even no shade.

This evergreen wonder is a slow-growing tree, attaining a height and width of 10 meters. It is hardy to zone 7 and maintains its lush green foliage throughout the year, making it a reliable and visually appealing choice for any garden or landscape.

The Lithocarpus densiflorus Tanoak delights both the eye and the botanist's heart with its monoecious nature. This means that it produces male and female flowers on the same plant, ensuring successful pollination and a harmonious blend of natural diversity.

Recently, taxonomic changes have resulted in the Tanoak being moved into a new genus called Notholithocarpus. This relocation is backed by multiple lines of evidence, further emphasizing the significance of this truly remarkable tree.

For more information on the Lithocarpus densiflorus Tanoak and to explore its unique characteristics, visit our website at [insert website link]. Witness the splendor of this evergreen treasure and embrace the magic it brings to your garden or landscape.

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