Quercus bicolor??

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eliahd24
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Re: Quercus bicolor??

Post by eliahd24 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:52 am

Doug- just read your reply.... seems like we might be on to something :)

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Re: Quercus bicolor??

Post by Will Blozan » Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:40 pm

Eli,

Nice tree. How does it match up for Q. muhlenbergii?

Will

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Re: Quercus bicolor??

Post by eliahd24 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:54 am

Will, not sure Chinkapin is in the mix. Based on the floodplain location and presence of White Oak and Swamp Chestnut Oak I'm gonna assume it a hybrid of the two. It's pushing 120' tall, so regardless, it's a nice specimen!

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Re: Quercus bicolor??

Post by Rand » Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:25 pm

I'm doubtful it's a chinkapin. I see quite a few of them here in western Ohio (Outside the range of swamp chestnut oak). First the leaves should have a little point on the end, which I don't see in the photographs, but what most stands out to me is the bark. The chinkapin oak I see have uniformly flaky bark everywhere.

The braided furrows on the trunk:
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And thin fins of bark on the underside of the branches:
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Just don't look right to me. You can also look for acorns. Chinkapin oak acorns are quite small. Maybe 1/2" long. Swamp chestnut acorns are supposed to be longer. Some decent Id photos here:
Q.muehlenbergii
Q. michauxii

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