Silverleaf Oak - Quercus hypoleucoides
Very limited in distribution to the moister habitats of the southern Southwest, where it typically grows above 5,000 feet, this is a medium-sized tree with evergreen leaves. The lance-shaped leaves have tiny teeth, and are very woolly beneath and glossy above. The bark is dark gray, with narrow ridges. The acorn is rounded with a scaly cup and less than an inch in length. In harsher environments, this oak assumes a shrublike form. With its rounded shape and two-toned leaves and drought tolerant, Silverleaf Oak makes an attractive ornamental tree.