|The Shrub Live Oak is a member of
the beech family. The plant appears as a many branched
or tree with a gray scaly bark. It usually grows in dense thickets to
heights of 13 feet at elevations between 4500 - 8000 feet. The leaves
are bluish-green and oak shaped and are stiff with tiny pointed teeth on
Scrub Oak is the characteristic
tree of Arizona chaparral; hikers will quickly become familiar
with the plant due to its leg scratching properties.
Scrub oak blooms in the spring and produces tiny
brownish flowers, followed by an acorn. Despite its tendency to overgrow
trails, the plant provides soil stabilization and acorns for wildlife.