Gamble Oak, Scrub Oak
The mighty Gamble Oak is a tough, scrubby tree that can grow into a stately tree if given a couple centuries and plenty of room. La Plata County is home to some old and beautiful specimens. The acorns provide a stable food source for Black Bears. Late spring frosts can severely damage a year's acorn production. The dense wood is tough on saws, but great for the woodstove.