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Quercus douglasii is an endemic California oak tree, affectionately called “the blue oak” due to its distinctive blueish-green leaf color....

Oaks in the New-Mexican Urban Landscape

After our oak hunting trip through southern New Mexico, Michael Melendrez took us (Ryan Russel and me) to see oaks he had planted over the years in the cities of Los Lunas where he lives and Albuquerque, the state's largest city.  We had already seen oaks that had been planted in Las Cruces.  Michael included many oak species in the landscaping projects he has done.  We have seen Quercus buckleyi (not native to New Mexico), Q. muehlenbergii, Q. oblongifolia, Q. rugosa, and Q. turbinella. The latter is not always treated with dignity by the city of Los Lunas as can be seen in the pictures here after.  

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Quercus turbinella in Los Lunas, New Mexico

 

 

Quercus muehlenbergii in Los Lunas

 

 

Quercus oblongifolia in Albuquerque (above and below)