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Fagaceae -- Beech family

    John C. Tappeiner, II, Philip M. McDonald, Douglass F. Roy

    Tanoak (Lithocarpus densiflorus), also called tanbark-oak,  is an evergreen hardwood that, with other species in the genus,  is considered a link between the chestnut, Castanea, and  the oak, Quercus (19). Tanoak has flowers like the  chestnut and acorns like the oak. This medium-sized tree grows  best on the humid moist slopes of the seaward coastal ranges. It  usually occurs in a complex mixture with conifers and other  hardwoods, but often forms pure even-aged stands. The wood is  hard, strong, and fine-grained. Tanoak is designated a commercial  species in California. Current major uses are for fuel and pulp.  The acorns are a valuable food source for many kinds of wildlife.

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John C. Tappeiner II

Source: Silvics of North America

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