Habit: this evergreen shrub is very similar to its close relative L. densiflorus v. densiflorus differing greatly in its mature height, rarely exceeding 10 ft (3 m) and often shrubby, with smaller leaves. Leaves and stems on younger shoots are covered in small brownish yellow hairs, as they age leaves become smooth and green above and only fuzzy below, oblong leaves with small teeth are also stiff and rigid reaching 2.5 in (6 cm) long. The yellowish white flowers are produced on male and female catkins, and fruit is an acorn taking two years to fully develop.
Ecology: shrub tan oak is found in open conifer forests, margins of woods, and dry slopes at slightly higher elevations, 1900-7200 ft.(600-2200 m), than tan oak and range from Southern Coastal Oregon to only the Northern Coastal California and in moist areas such as: foothill riparian areas, sheltered coves and ravines, and the warmer environments of inland California.
Growing Conditions: full sun to partial shade, moist to dry soil.
Despite the acorns hard seed coat, many birds, small mammals, deer and raccoon eat them.