Botanical Name: Quercus kelloggii Add
Common Name: California Black Oak  
Plant photo of: Quercus kelloggii
California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

12-25', 25-40'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Light Green, Purple


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Winter, Fall


Full, Half



Very Low, Low


Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Multi-trunk Tree, Silhouette, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Entry, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Screen


Attracts Wildlife


Information by:
Photographer: Betsy Thompson
  • Description

  • Notes

The California black oak is a deciduous tree that grows 20-60 ft. tall. It has sharply lobed leaves which turn yellow to orange in the fall. The black oak is a California native, is drought tolerant, and attracts butterflies. -Cornflower Farms
Dig hole, insert plant slightly higher than soil grade. Disturb root ball very little. No amendments, just native soil. No fertilizers. Backfill the hole .Water lavishly. Mulch top of soil around plant in a 4' diameter circle. - Bert Wilson Las Pilitas