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Red Oak?

Posted by blakrab TX (My Page) on
Sun, Dec 22, 13 at 12:01

What kind of oak is this? The leaves are slowly changing to burgundy for Fall..

Here is a link that might be useful: Browner leaves

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Quercus nuttallii = Quercus texana = "Nuttall's Oak"
Its previous scientific name was Quercus nuttallii, but it is now known as Quercus texana; this has created much confusion with Texas Red Oak which was known as Quercus texana but is now known as Quercus buckleyi

Native to the American Southeast and Midwest, Nuttall oak (Quercus nutallii) is quickly replacing some other oaks, such as pin oak (Q. palustris), red oak (Q. rubra), and Shumard red oak (Q. shumardii), because it combines all of their good points while lacking their weaknesses. It quickly grows into a pyramidal tree 40 to 60 feet tall with a strong central leader. It accepts most soils, even alkaline or wet ones. It drops all of its leaves cleanly in late fall. Nuttall oak leaves plenty of head room beneath its branches, making it an excellent lawn, patio, or street tree. It doesn’t develop surface roots and won’t invade water lines.

So, what's the identifiable difference between it & the Texas Red Oak (Quercus buckleyi)?

Here is a link that might be useful: Nuttall Oak

This post was edited by blakrab on Sun, Dec 22, 13 at 12:28

RE: Red Oak?

The first picture looks like Q. buckleyi to me. Where is the tree located?

RE: Red Oak?

Either Shumard red oak or Q. buckleyi. There are still some with red fall color this time of the year in central Texas.

A rule of thumb that I found to be somewhat helpful...

If the terminal and lateral buds are of equal size (usually 1/4"), it is Q. buckleyi.

If the terminal bud is 1/4" and lateral buds are 1/8", they are Shumard red oak.

That is what I have observed all over the places.

RE: Red Oak?

Quercus buckleyi, Texas red oak.

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