A unique example of informal upright style, this Tucker oak is taller than most bonsai. It displays an unusual curved trunk, hollow down the center, with a single vein of live tissue - that in places is less than one inch wide - supporting the entire crown. Note as well the texture of the dead wood in the trunk cavity; paper-thin layers of weathered wood reveal many decades of life in a harsh environment.
The native range of Tucker oak is southern California, where it is deciduous at high elevations, but evergreen lower down. This specimen was collected at an elevation of approximately 6,000 feet from a canyon ledge in the Tehachapi Mountains.