Quercus laevis - Turkey oak
About 600 species of oaks can be found around the world,
mostly in the northern hemisphere. Turkey oak is the common scrub oak
in dry areas of campus. Turkey
oak leaves have three to five deep lobes. The leaves turn dark red in winter
and are held after turning brown well into the winter. The branching and crown
shape are irregular compared to popular shade tree species. Trees are too small
and slow growing for commercial timber use but the wood is a valuable for fuel.
Bark and branches have been used as a source of tannin. The acorns are an
important food for black bear, deer and other wildlife.
See these plants throughout campus, especially in higher, drier sites.
Medium sized tree to about forty feet tall or more.
Light: full sun
Water: very drought tolerant
Soil: well-drained, no other special requirements
oak grows best in a sunny site in a well-drained soil in areas with little
competition from other trees. This native tree is hard to find in nurseries but
is worth keeping where it occurs naturally.