Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March 8 - The Northern Red Oak - Quercus rubra



The Northern Red Oak - Quercus rubra
This Northern Red Oak lives beside my house.  This tree is part of a group of trees I call the three sisters.

The Northern Red Oak - Quercus rubra
The buds on these Oak trees are swelling and soon there will be leaves.  The Northern Red Oak and Black Oak are hard to distinguish.  However, I put a twig with buds from this tree under my microscope and found that this is indeed a Northern Red Oak. The twigs being stout, red-brown and smooth.  The buds are large, conical, and covered in red-brown scales.  The scales are mostly hairless but the terminal scales have some light soft white hairs.

Rebecca

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