|Quercus garryana is a slow growing native oak from coastal British Columbia, to Oregon. It has an open irregular growth pattern, very distinctive, bark is deeply furrowed and ridged, gray-brown. Large specimens reach 75 feet tall, in rocky habitats there may be many smaller, crooked trees. Habitat is dry, rocky slopes and bluffs, occasionally deep, rich, well drained soil at low elevations. Garry oak meadow habitat includes many beautiful wildflowers such as Blue Camas.
Flowers are tiny, inconspicuous, males are borne on greenish-yellow catkins, females in small clusters. The acorns are small, with shallow rough surfaced cups. Traditionally eaten by Salish peoples of the Puget Sound area, after soaking to remove the bitter tannins. This is a beautiful tree, can be started from acorns left outside in flats over the winter.