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.
|Name||Southern Red Oak|
|Latin Name||Quercus falcata
|Color of Leaf||Dark green|
|Shape of Leaf||4″ to 9″ long, obovate to broad oval, 3 to 9 pointed bristle-tip lobes|
|Color of Flower||Inconspicuous male yellowish-green, female clusters|
|Shape of Flower||Inconspicuous, male catkins, female red tinged|
|Fruit Characteristics||Acorns, small, globular, 1/2″ long, ripens Setember – October|
|Bark Characteristics||Dark brown or black, rough and fissured|