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*RETAIL - Quercus turbinella

*RETAIL - Quercus turbinella

One of the most beautiful little oaks of the SW and another evergreen, this is a foothill chaparral plant from Arizona into southeastern California, just in Utah and barely touching Colorado. A shrub to small tree of only 6-12' feet with small, somewhat spiny and revolute powder-blue leaves. These plants represent a collection from near Enterprise, Utah at 5,200 ft where temperatures frequently fall to 0ºF in the winter. Can be kept in container for many years, otherwise as garden plants. Expect 6-8 ft in as many years under ideal conditions: free drainage and bright sun and an occasional thunderstorm during monsoon season. This oak is a contender for USDA 6 but actually lives, as we write, at the Denver Botanical Gardens. 

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Planting Recommendations

Under most conditions, planting directly into the garden is best. Keep in mind, that in our care, plants have been protected from intense sunlight and drying winds and would therefore require sheltered transition time in order to acclimate to such conditions in your garden.

All plants going into containers (rather than in the ground) should be potted immediately in well-drained potting mix and watered well to ensure the soil is fully moistened with no air pockets. Succulent plants abide by different rules (**see below).

Plants held for later planting are best stored in a cool greenhouse or a well-lit garage or basement, rather than in your house where conditions are likely too warm and dry.

Those plants needing time to acclimate can be set out in pots and provided some shade and shelter for the first week to allow for a successful transition.

**For cacti and other succulents, we recommend using a soil mix of less than 30% organic matter, preferably a 2-1 blend of cactus/succulent potting soil and pumice, perlite or lava rock. These plants are sensitive to prolonged heavy moisture, especially in cool/winter conditions. Keep this in mind when watering them for the first time. It is better to leave them dry in lower temperatures.

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