Leaf Identification

The leaf of Cherrybark Oak has shallow bristle-tipped lobes. It usually has 5 to 9 lobes, and it is 5″ to 8″ long. It is typically bright green above with a duller green and slightly hairy (pubescent) below.

Twig and Bud Identification

Cherrybark Oak’s twig is orange to reddish brown, and when very young, it is pubescent. It has multiple, many scaled buds.

Bark Identification

Bark of Cherrybark Oak on young trees is smooth, but it soon develops dark, scaly bark. It resembles Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) bark.

Fruit Identification

The fruit of the Cherrybark Oak is an acorn. Young acorns are slightly pubescent and about 1/2″ long. The cap covers about 1/3 of the nut.

Flower Identification

The Cherrybark Oak is monoecious. The male flowers are yellow-green clusters of catkins, and the females are green clusters of ovoids on very short spikes.