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Red oak


Family:  Fagaceae, beech family
Genus, species:  Quercus rubra 

Leaves:
Leaves have 7 to 11 deep wavy lobes. Leaves are narrower and more deeply lobed than Black Oak.

Bark:
Bark is dark gray, rough, furrowed. Bark ridges have shiny vertical stripes down the center. Vertical stripes run all the way down the trunk. Almost looks like a gentleman’s striped trousers. Inner bark is reddish

Flowers:
Separate male and female flowers on same tree (monoecious). Female flowers borne on catkins. Male flowers born on spikes.

Fruit:
Acorns are 1 inch long, round. Acorns require 2 years to reach maturity, ripen in fall.

More Information:

The genus name Quercus is from the Latin for "oak" and the species name rubra is from the Latin for "red."

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