Vasey Oak - Quercus vaseyana
One of the smaller oak trees, reaching about 30 feet, and sometimes a thicket-forming shrub, Vasey Oak grows in Texas on dry sites, in canyons and ravines, often in limestone substrate to elevations of 1,800 feet. The bark is dark brown and exfoliating. The young twigs are hairy, sometimes becoming smooth. The leaf blades are lancelike, sometimes lobed, leathery and coarsely toothed. This oak hybridizes with Quercus pungens where the two ranges overlap. As a southwest native, this is a drought tolerant oak. The acorns are food for a variety of animals.