Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
You may also want to check Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of North Carolina
Read Edible Wild Plants: Oak from Lytton Musselman and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society.
Learn more from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina website.
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October Aiken County SC
3-7 lobes usually with 1-3 bristle-tipped teeth, deep sinuses, raised veins, per Field Guide to Native Oak Species of Eastern North America.
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September Chesterfield County SC
Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
Leaf surfaces are nearly always perpendicular to the ground, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.
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Acorn cup thick, w a wide shoulder and marginal scales rolled into interior, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC
Common (rare in Piedmont)
Look for it in sandhills, primarily in very xeric soils of deep sandy deposits (Carolina bay rims, old beach dunes, early Cenozoic deposits of Sandhills Province), or inland from the Coastal Plain on dry ridges and slopes over quartzite or other acidic rock types, 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!
- Gardening with Native Plants of the South p070
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC p231
- Identifying Trees: An All-Season Guide to Eastern North America p296
- Landscaping with Native Trees p220
- Field Guide to Native Oak Species of Eastern North America p048
- Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide p175
- Trees of the Southeastern United States p285
- Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry p162
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide p272