Botanical Name: Lithocarpus densiflorus
Common Name: Tanbark Oak, Tan Oak  
Plant photo of: Lithocarpus densiflorus
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California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

40-60', 60-100', 100' and up


Flower Color



Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Light Green, Yellow Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Half, Shade





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Wild Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Multi-trunk Tree, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Roadside


Special Uses

Screen, Shade Tree


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Butterflies, Wildlife

Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Greg Applegate/Engstrom
  • Description

  • Notes

The Lithocarpus densiflorus is a tree that has the ability to remain free from troubles such as pests and disease. It is very shade tolerant and its spreading branches are covered with sharply toothed leaves and whitish or yellowish wool. The wool colors will later change into a smooth green with a gray green accent below.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.