Southern Red Oak

Arbor walk #71, TreeKeeper ID #3472

Quercus falcata is a medium to large-sized deciduous tree, with a few forest grown specimens on highly productive sites, the crown with a broad, round-topped head. The leaves are often curved, bristle-tipped lobes, the central lobe long and narrow; the small number of long, narrow lobes is diagnostic, readily distinguishing southern red oak from other red oaks.

This specimen is likely over 100 years old and predates all development on the South 40. This species is commonly found in moist bottomland environments, and so this tree presumably dates back to the time when the South 40 was actually a swamp and has survived many bouts of construction on the 40 over the years.

Common NameSouthern Red Oak
Latin NameQuercus falcata
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