Etymology: Quercus: Latin for oak
Plants: perennial, deciduous tree to 80'; scaly, light grey bark
Leaves: narrowly elliptic to obovate in outline, base narrowly wedge shaped to triangular with a pointed end; edge lobes 1/3-7/8 deep, often rounded tips; upper side light gray-green, smooth.
Flowers: oval, dark reddish brown buds; blooms in spring
Fruits: 1-3 acorns on very short stalks, semi-circular cup covers 1/4" of the nut; nut light brown, oval to oblong
Habitat: Moist to dry; deciduous woods, savannas, barrens; usually on deep, well-drained soil
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 7, Wetland Indicator = FACU USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos University of Wisconsin - Green Bay: Trees: Photos, descriptions, information USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Virginia Tech Dept. of Forestry, College of Natural Resources: detailed description and photographs Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada" Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest; UW-Extension: Interactive guide providing information on cultivation including: soil, zone, growth rate, landscape uses, pruning, light requirements; with photos and Latin name pronounciation