Marcescence in Shumard Red Oak
The attached photo is a squirrel planted Shumard Red Oak (Quercus Shumardii) with it's dead leaves still hanging on in late February. Marcescence is apparently not unusual in this variety. But while there are plenty of other older oaks in the immediate area, none exhibit this. Just curious if anyone knows if this is something the Shumards outgrow?
Guess an alternative is that the other local oaks are not Shumardii, meaning a squirrel/bird brought the acorn in from quite a distance.