Southern Red Oak – Quercus falcata

 

Tree with rounded, open crown of large spreading branches. Height: 50-80’ / Diameter: 1-2.5’

Leaves: 4-8” long. Elliptical; sometimes slightly triangular with bell-shaped base and 3 broad lobes. Shiny green above, with rust-colored hairs beneath, turning brown in fall.

Bark: dark gray, becomeing furrowed into broad ridges and plates. Fruit: acorns; elliptical or rounded, becoming brown.

Habitat: dry, sandy loam and clay loam soils of uplands; in mixed forests.

Often called Spanish Oak, possibly because it commonly occurs in areas of the early Spanish colonies. It is unlike any oaks native to Spain. The lumber is marketed as Red Oak.