One of the ◼︎ red oaks.

Part of oak  genus Quercus in beech / oak  family Fagaceae in bayberry / beech / birch / oak / walnut  order Fagales.

Native to central, eastern and southeastern 🇺🇸 USA.   🌎︎ Map.  Adobe Acrobat Reader file   🌳︎ District tree of the District of Columbia.

In this area:

  • do not move firewood (ever), and
  • do not prune February through June (Texas) or April 15 through July 15 (🇺🇸 USA Midwest and East),
due to possible infestation by oak wilt disease (OWD)  Bretziella fagacearum.

Quercus hosts caterpillars of 534 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.
  This plant is also known to be a host for (in areas where invasive) 🐝︎ spotted lanternfly (SLF)  Lycorma delicatula.

Has spectacular deep red fall color.

On a list as having leaves and acorns ☠︎ toxic [?] to humans, although many cultures process acorns to remove their toxicity, making acorns an important staple food.

Learn more about ◼︎ scarlet oak Quercus coccinea

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