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October - Red Oak (Quercus rubra)


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The tree on the left and the one in the centre are both red oak. The leaves on the tree in the centre have already changed to a red colour. Red Oak is a native originally of North America, it has been widely planted in England and in some places has naturalised. It has a straight smooth silvery trunk and in England reaches up to about 25m. The leaves are more deeply lobed than in other Oaks and have fine points at the tip. The male flowers are in conspicuous hanging catkins, the female flowers hidden at the base of the leaves and mature over two years to produce a round acorn with a wide shallow cup. In Autumn the tree has a brilliant reddish colour, hence its name. Picture taken 19th October 2007 at Maulden Woods, Bedfordshire

5th Nov 2007 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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