Sunday, March 13, 2011

March 13 - Southern Red Oak - Quercus falcata

Southern Red Oak

Southern Red Oak

As you can see from the leaf photo, the Southern Red Oak is still covered in brown leaves.  They are holding out till their time.  You can always tell which trees are oaks this time of year with all the brown leaves in amongst the flowering and budding trees.

Birds, squirrels, wild turkey, quail, bears, and deer eat the acorns of this oak tree.  Here, in North Carolina, we had a bumper crop of Oak acorns.  I have noticed more squirrels and bears, probably a result of having so much food this year.

The strong Red Oak lives in West Asheville, North Carolina.


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