Red Oak

Quercus rubra

Family Fagaceae

Notable Features
Leaves: Leaves lobed* moderately with bristle-tips*; lobes not exceeding a position halfway to the midrib*. Leaves have somewhat of a dull surface, and are thin and hairless.
Twigs/ Buds: Twigs hairless, smooth; buds* not angled*, and tend to be sharp.
Bark: Dark grey trunk with a furrowed base. Dark shiny strips appear in the upper midsection to the top of the tree.
Acorns: Acorns appear in autumn, with wide, saucer-like caps* and a large, round seed.
Size/ Shape: A large deciduous* tree, 70 to 80 feet (21-24 meters) in height, 3 to 4 feet (1-1½ meters) in diameter.

Location on Campus

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One of the most common trees on campus. Easily found near the Main Gate, in the Ziv/Ridgewood Quad and in Sachar Woods.

Since the acorns of trees in the Red Oak group* require two years to mature, they are richer in tannin than those in the White Oak group*, and thus must be leached* before they become palatable. Onced leached, the acorns can be eaten as nuts, ground into a fine powder and used as flour, candied, or chopped into small bits and used as garnish for baked goods.

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