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Comparison of Features of Oaks (Quercus spp.)

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Name Habitat Leaf Leaf margin /
lower surface
Acorn Twig / buds Bark
Quercus alba  
white oak
wide variety of habitats
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Quercus bicolor  
swamp white oak
wetlands
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Quercus coccinea  
scarlet oak
dry slopes
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Quercus falcata  
southern red oak
often on dry slopes and ridges. but also in mesic sites
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Quercus imbricaria
shingle oak
mesic sites, moist slopes
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Quercus lyrata overcup oak
streambanks, marshy or wet bottomlands
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Quercus macrocarpa  
bur oak
streambanks and bottomlands
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Quercus marilandica  
blackjack oak
dry ridges
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Quercus michauxii  
swamp chestnut oak
wetlands
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Quercus muehlenbergii  
chinkapin oak)
limestone soils
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Quercus nigra  
water oak
streambanks and lowlands
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Quercus pagoda  
cherrybark oak
moist slopes and bottomlands


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Quercus palustris  
pin oak
wetlands
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Quercus phellos  
willow oak
streambanks and poorly drained soils
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Quercus prinus  
chestnut oak
dry ridges and slopes
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Quercus rubra  
northern red oak
wide variety of habitats
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Quercus shumardii  
Shumard's oak
streambanks and bottoms
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Quercus stellata  
post oak
very dry ridges
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Quercus velutina  
black oak
wide variety of habitats
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Habitat reference: Chester, EW, RJ Jensen, LJ Schibig, S Simoni. 1987. The Nut Trees of Land Between the Lakes. The Center for Field Biology of LBL, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN