Can you identify this tree?

jack.spratApril 15, 2014

This is a volunteer that showed up in my yard. Can anyone tell me what it is and whether I should transplant it or send it to the heap? We live in the San Joaquin Valley if that helps.
Thanks in advance.

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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Quercus palustris?

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 12:44AM
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Maybe... But I wonder if the cut isn't deep enough to be pin oak. Also, the acorns I find elsewhere in the yard are at least twice as long as they are wide, whereas Google says pin oak acorns are basically square.

If it helps, I think the jays might be bringing seeds from a strip mall down the road where there are dozens of mature specimens. And those had a terrible aphid problem last fall...

What oak species are grown commercially for central CA?

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 9:53AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i was told.. that many oaks.. if not all ... do not put out proper mature leaf form until some certain age .. and though i dont recall that age ... it has to be much older than yours ...

that is to say... guessing will get you close ... but certainty is for the future ..

also ... they play with each others gene.. cross pollinate ... and that also can mess with ID ...

that said.. i am sure its an oak ... and i know nothing else... lol


    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 12:02PM
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Something in the red/black oak group. As ken indicated, 'juvenile' leaves on seedlings often don't have the typical appearance of mature specimens of the species.

Q.kelloggi, perhaps, in your area? ( I don't know beans about that part of the world)

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 9:46PM
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hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)

I'd be surprised if Q. palustris would regenerate naturally in your climate.

Probably one of the CA natives, like Q. kelloggi.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 1:42PM
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It looks very much like a pin oak.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 3:37PM
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