Quercus ilicifolia / Bear Oak
Unlike most oaks, which are revered for their longevity and large stature, Bear Oak is actually a lower growing species found on rocky outcrops and pine barrens, and are commonly found on the mountains in the Hudson Valley. The common name derives from its value to bears and other wildlife as a nutritional snack. Its wildlife value is reported to be among the highest of our native oaks, and oaks are generally a crucial group for wildlife as it is! It is listed as endangered in some areas due to fire suppression so planting it will support its declining population.
Bear oak requires full sun and dry, acidic, nutrient-poor soils and is intolerant of shade and salt. Generally grows 10-20 ft tall with a similar spread.
Plant delivery is free within the City of Beacon. Deliveries outside the City of Beacon are by a $65/hour fee, which includes travel and placement of material.