Southern Red Oak (Quercus falcata)

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Leaves bristle tipped, of two distinctive types: 5-7 lobed with deep sinuses and asymmetrical curving, or shallowly 3-lobed near the end; acorn cups shallow; southeastern in distribution.

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.

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Quercus falcata

Quercus falcata

Quercus falcata

Quercus falcata

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