Lacey oak
Quercus laceyi

Secondary Names:
blue oak, canyon oak

Leaf Type: Deciduous
Texas Native:
Tree Description:

A medium-sized tree to 40 or more feet tall and a stout trunk to 2 feet in diameter, with a dense crown of distinctly bluish foliage that stands out from the junipers and live oaks with which it is assoc.

Range/Site Description:

Limestone soils of the Edwards Plateau, especially in canyons or on protected slopes. Also in isloated areas of Terrell and Brewster counties.


Simple, alternate on the twigs, 2" to 5" long and up to 2" wide, leathery, variably lobed with the lobes irregular and often shallow; leaves blue-gray on top and paler below.


Male and female flowers borne in spring on the same tree, the male flowers on catkins about 2.5" long, the female flowers inconspicuous, about 0.5" long.


An acorn, maturing in one year, in clusters of 1 to 3, about 0.75" long, ovoid, enclosed one-quarter to one-half its length by the saucer-shaped cup.


Gray, thick, breaking into narrow plates and fissures on older trunks.


Used locally for fuelwood and posts; increasingly available in the nursery trade for landscape plantings.

Similar Species:

White shin oak (Quercus sinuata var. breviloba) is a small, twisted tree of limestone escarpments in Central Texas with scaly bark.

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