Southern Red Oak (Quercus falcata)
[ Trees > Hardwoods > Oaks . . . ] Forest Types: Oak-Hickory, Southern Pine-Oak
by Michael Kuo
Note: The red oaks of eastern North America are often difficult to identify with certainty--and the task is complicated by the fact that many of the species hybridize.
Habitat: Typically on moist ground; usually in mixed stands with other trees; growing in the southeastern United States.
Stature: 65-80 feet high; to 3 feet in diameter; with a rounded crown.
Leaves: 5-10 inches long; dark green and shiny above, grayish, whitish, or reddish and fuzzy below; of two distinctive shapes: with 5-7 lobes and deep but asymmetrical sinuses, or shallowly 3-lobed near the end of the leaf.
Bark: Dark gray to black; deeply furrowed into ridges.
Acorns: Bitter; to 1/2 inch long; base enclosed in a shallow cup with hairy scales.
Cite this page as:
Kuo, M. (2012, January). Southern red oak (Quercus falcata). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/quercus_falcata.html