A Quercus sapling from Joanne in fort mill

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Small contorted tree in back yard wooded area
Leaf 12 inches
Can you identify which oak for me?

Hi Joanne,

This is probably the leaf from a sapling of black oak, Quercus velutina. As the tree gets older, the leaves will gain the more typical shape and size of that species. To confirm, you will probably need to wait until the tree gets bigger and more typical leaves grow out.


Steve Hill, Ph.D., Botanist, SCNPS

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