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Species Spotlight: Quercus crassifolia Bonpl.

Quercus crassifolia is tree ranging in height from 4 to 15 meters, and is usually easily recognized by its leaves: stiff and leathery, glossy blackish green above, covered with a layer of pale brown hairs beneath, and with bristle-tipped teeth above the widest part of the leaf.

A naturally occurring hybrid, widely adopted by the nursery trade in the form of cultivars, labors under a misnomer: there is precious little Hispanic about Quercus ×hispanica

Quercus ×bebbiana 'Taco'

Found in the late 1980s by Guy Sternberg in Springfield, Illinois, this selection was noted early on for its rapid growth rate and strong central leader. 

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