Quercus pumila

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Running Oak, Runner Oak


Plant Specifics

Size:Typically 3 to 6 ft high, sometime higher, and forming clones.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Green (inconspicuous)
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms early spring (inconspicuous). Fruits ripen the second fall. Clonal, a likely adaptation to fire.
Noted for:Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:Forms a low thicket with many sprouts from  underground stems.
Propagation:Seed or as nursery-grown sapplings. Small stems may difficult to transplant from the wild.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Small mammals, including squirrels, use the acorns.

 Provides significant food and cover for wildlife.

The acorns are utilized by squirrels.

An important food source for the Florida scrub-jay as the tannins in the nuts help it remain edible through the winter; scrub-jays may also use it for nesting and perching


Larval host  for Horace's duskywing (Erynnis horatius), red-banded hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) and white-M hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album) butterflies.


Native Habitats:Scrub, scrubby flatwoods, scrubby sandhill.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures