Lacey Oak

Quercus laceyi

Lacey oak is native to western areas of Central Texas, where rocky limestone outcroppings are common. This deciduous tree is known to be capable of growing to 60 feet tall in ideal conditions, but in most landscapes, it should top out closer to half that and equally as wide: about 30 by 30.

Listed as a small to medium-height tree, lacey oak grows very slowly, even by oak standards. The one in our demonstration garden is only about 12 feet tall after almost two decades. While some people may be impatient with its pace, this slow growth brings with it a blessing: much less pruning is needed to keep the tree a healthy shape. Because of their short stature, lacey oaks are a great choice for smaller landscapes, more common in urban environments.

Although it can take a bit of shade, lacey oak will do best in full sun and should be watered sparingly, once established, which usually takes about two years.

As with most established trees, a good, deep soaking once a month during the hottest, driest times, should be sufficient. Fertilizer isn’t necessary, and may actually do more harm than good, so let this native tree grow and establish itself at its own pace.

And good news: native lacey oak is resistant to oak wilt.