Gray Oak

In the continuing quest to hunt down all of the oak-tree street names of Woodfarm, I’ve dug up some information on the gray oak, which appears to be common in the mountains of west Texas. I’m not sure that we would have any around here, but it is a tree native to Texas. Does this look familiar at all to you?

Hard to tell from a little photo, isn’t it? Here’s some more information on it: Gray oak is a small evergreen tree that grows in the mountains of west Texas, generally on dry rocky igneous soils, but sometimes on limestone. Its small leaves are a leathery grayish green and give the tree its name. Gray Oak is closely related to Mohr Oak, Q. mohriana, and they look similar, except that Gray Oak’s leaves have fuzz on both sides and Mohr Oaks’s are green and shiny above.

Hmmm… It’s a wonder they didn’t name it “Fuzzy Oak.” I’m sure the folks living on Gray Oak are glad they didn’t. At any rate, just wanted you to know that there is, in fact, an actual oak tree named Gray Oak. If you’d care to know more about it, check this out:

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/natives/quercusgrisea.htm


About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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