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Quercus oblongifolia | New Mexico

Here you see a pair of Mexican Blue Oaks growing in savannah habitat in New Mexico. In these locations, the tree appears remarkably similar to what can be seen in parts of California. A scene similar to this can be found within Engelman Oak (Q. engelmannii) habitat in southern California. It also resembles Blue Oaks (Q. douglasii) growing in foothill grassland habitat in central to northern California, and southern Oregon, although Blue Oak is a true deciduous tree, while Mexican Blue Oak is a primarily evergreen species, similar to Engelman Oak. 

Dave Muffly