Cherrybark Oak (Quercus pagoda)
[ Trees > Hardwoods > Oaks . . . ] Forest Types: Various
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 in bottomlands on wet ground; usually in mixed stands with other trees; growing in the southeastern United States.
Stature: 65-100 feet high; to 4 feet in diameter; with a rounded crown and a straight trunk.
Leaves: 5-10 inches long; with 5-11 fairly symmetrical lobes; sinuses deep, extending at least halfway to the center; bristle-tipped; dark green and shiny above, paler and finely fuzzy below.
Bark: Dark gray; smooth at first, becoming scaly with plate-like scales, reminiscent of black cherry bark.
Acorns: Bitter; to 1/2 inch long; base enclosed in a shallow cup with hairy scales.
This tree was previously considered a variety of southern red oak ("Quercus falcata var. pagodifolia").
Cite this page as:
Kuo, M. (2012, January). Cherrybark oak (Quercus pagoda). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/quercus_pagoda.html