Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Read Edible Wild Plants: Oak from Lytton Musselman and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society.
Learn more from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina website.
Bear Oak, Scrub Oak
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Ron Lance rwl_qilicifolia
Leaves grayish and hairy below; lobes rather shallow, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.
Ron Lance rwl_qilicifolia2
Acorn cup covering 1/4 to almost 1/2 of nut, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.
Native to North Carolina
Documented growing wild in - NC -
Rare in Piedmont
Look for it in xeric soils in ridges in the Mountains and monadnocks in the upper Piedmont, other dry sites, per Weakley's Flora
Staminate calyx 2-8 lobed, pistillate calyx 6-lobed
3-12 stamens in staminate flowers
Staminate flowers in clustered drooping catkins
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Identifying Trees: An All-Season Guide to Eastern North America p272
- Landscaping with Native Trees p220
- Field Guide to Native Oak Species of Eastern North America p038
- Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide p173
- Trees of the Southeastern United States p282
- Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge p23
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide p270