Quercus ellipsoidalis

Common name: Hill's Oak

Native plant

I have found Hill’s to be the most variable oak I grow. Some trees have small leaves, some have large leaves, some are deeply lobed, some are not, most keep their leaves, some don’t, but all have great scarlet-red fall color. Grows on sandy soils and heavy clay soils, frequently with bur oak. When full grown, it is small in stature compared to other oaks. Does well as a street tree. Many people use it as a screen by leaving it low branched. Requires full sun.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Compacted/New Construction Soils, Road-side/Salt Tolerant



Growth form

Single trunk

Growth rate


Flower color

Yellowish Catkin

Fall color



Mature height
40 Feet
Mature width
40 Feet
Max height
65 Feet
Max width
50 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds

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