Red Oak Quercus rubra
Family: Fagaceae (Beech)
Other names: Northern Red Oak
Red Oak usually grows as a tall tree in upland hardwood forests.
Young bark is smooth, but develops vertical ridges as it ages.
These ridges remain mostly unbroken along the trunk (unlike Black
Oak whose ridges also split horizontally to form a checker-like
appearance). Buds are sharply-pointed and hairy only at the very tip (or not at all)
Winter twig of Red Oak
Another view of the end buds. Notice how they are clustered. This is typical of Oaks
Lateral bud and leaf scar
Bark as it begins to split vertically
Vertical ridges remain unbroken
A few middle-aged Red Oaks.
Red Oak acorn
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