Quercus prinoides
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Hardiness Zone: 4-8 Height: 1.8-4.5 metres; 6-15 feet Spread: 1.2-3.0 metres; 4-10 feet Sun: Full sun to part shade Water: Medium to dry Wildlife: Acorns are a primary food for many bird species, including Wood Ducks, Ruffed Grouse, Quail, Wild Turkey, Grackles, Jays, Nuthatches, Thrashers, Titmice, Towhees, and Woodpeckers Tolerates: Drought, poor soils Culture: Easily grown in medium well-drained soils in full sun to shade. Can be shaped into single or multiple trunk specimen. It may sucker vigorously. To keep plant contained, prune suckers to the ground. Noteworthy Characteristics: This large shrub/small tree begins producing acorns at 3-4 years of age. It is small enough and attractive enough to put into borders and gardens, where its leaves can turn a blazing orange-red before dropping in autumn Also an excellent plant to create a windbreak or wildlife-friendly thicket.