Cherrybark Oak (Quercus pagoda)

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Leaves bristle tipped, with deep sinuses, reminiscent of inverted pagodas; bark scaly, reminiscent of black cherry bark; 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 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").

(References consulted)


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