Gardeners often lament that they feel intimidated about pronouncing the Latin names of plants. Keep in mind that pronunciation in any language is not always a hard-and-fast matter. If you can’t remember the preferred pronunciation of a plant name, just do your best—and say it with conviction!
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Quercus agrifolia
(KWER-kus ag-rih-FOE-lee-ah)
Quercus alba
(KWER-kus AL-bah)
Quercus garryana
(KWER-kus gar-ee-AY-nah)
Quercus macrocarpa
(KWER-kus mak-roe-KAR-pah)
Quercus palustris
(KWER-kus pah-LUSS-tris)
Quercus rubra
(KWER-kus ROO-brah)