Netleaf Oak - Quercus rugosa
The native habitat of Netleaf Oak is restricted to the dry mountains of the Southwest and Mexico, reaching up to 8,000 feet. A shrub or small tree, to 40 feet, this uncommon oak attains its largest size in the southern part of its range. The common name is derived from the veins on the stiff leathery leaves. The leaves persist on the tree throughout most of the winter; they are toothed above the middle and covered with fine hairs beneath. Netleaf Oak has a small ovoid acorn that matures in one season. It is enclosed in a scaly cup. The bark is thin and dark.