Southern Red Oak trees can be found growing in many places around the Agnes Scott Arboretum, including at the tour stop that we call Carbon Sinks.
The Southern Red Oak tree, or Quercus falcata, is a deciduous tree that is native to native to Georgia and across the southeastern United States. At its full height, it grows from 82-100 feet tall. It can be identified by its rough bark is a dark brownish gray with small narrow ridges, and it produces small brown capped acorns as its fruit. Its leaves are dark green and shiny, with a bell-shaped base and 3-5 long, thin lobes. You can identify these leaf features in the photo below of the leaves of a Southern Red Oak tree at the Agnes Scott Arboretum.
A bit of Southern Red Oak Treevia–The acorns of the southern red oak often are a key part of their ecosystem’s food webs- birds, rodents, and other wildlife may rely on it for food.
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