Post Oak (Quercus stellata)
[ Trees > Hardwoods > Oaks . . . ] Forest Type: Oak-Hickory
by Michael Kuo
Habitat: Typically on well drained soil (on ridges, high ground, and so on), but often in moist areas as well; often growing with other oaks or with hickories; growing from Texas to Iowa to Pennsylvania.
Stature: 40-60 feet high; to 2 feet in diameter; with a rounded crown; with a few large branches; shrub-like in very dry areas.
Leaves: 4-6 inches long; usually with 5 rounded-off lobes, the top lobes forming a broad cross with the central axis; dark green and smooth on top, pale and finely hairy below.
Bark: Grayish brown; furrowed (without the loose plates typical of White Oak).
Acorns: Sweet; to 2/3 inch long; enclosed about 1/2 in a scaly cup.
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Kuo, M. (2005, October). Post oak (Quercus stellata). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/quercus_stellata.html