Quercus elliotii (syn. Q. pumila) - Running oak, Runner oak
About 600 species of oaks can be found around the world, mostly
in the northern hemisphere. This dense, shrubby oak is native to the
southeastern United States,
The margins of its leaves curl under and are usually without teeth and lobes. It
is deciduous, tending to drop its leaves late in the winter. It develops into a
clump by underground shoots. It produces small acorns that serve as food for
Quercus minima is
another shrubby, clustering oak found in this area. Its leaves are more
prominently toothed or lobed and its stems tend to be more erect with fewer
This shrub can be seen in the dry natural areas of campus.
Small shrub to about three to four feet tall.
Light: full sun to part sun
Water: drought tolerant when established
Soil: sandy, well-drained
The runner oak is not commonly cultivated. It is easy to grow in sunny, reasonably well-drained sites.