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Post  peewee1974 on Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:41 pm

Sorry no picture but will give a good description. First I live in Kentucky at the area where the central part and eastern part, foothills, meet. This oak is typical for the area in size and shape. The bark is the same as on most common oaks, but the leaves are small, around 1.5 to 3 inches long(3.8 to 7.6 cm), it is three lobed and the acorns are produce single and attached to the bark. If any one could help I would great appriecate it.

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Re: Unknown oak species

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:29 am

Joe

Oaks can be very difficult to ID. They tend to cross pollinate. If it was on my property I would think it was a "scrub oak" or "sand live oak." I will look for a specific scientific name.

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:36 am

Look at http://www.floridata.com/ref/q/quer_gem.cfm

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Post  JimLewis on Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:47 pm

Generally, if the leaf lobes are sharply pointed, it is a member of the red oak group. If lobes are rounded it is a white oak group member.

A picture would help. If you don't have a camera, lay a leaf or two on a flat-bed scanner, press hem flat with the lid and give us that. It's usually a better pic for an ID than one with a camera.

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Post  peewee1974 on Sat Sep 25, 2010 2:13 am

Thanks for the help.
Finally found out what it was, Water Oak, a red oak that likes wet areas. Fun this tree is out of place in my neck of the woods, not suppose to be this far east in Kentucky.
Thanks again for the replies.

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Post  JimLewis on Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:05 pm

If this is near your house, GET RID OF IT. Water oaks are notorious for rotting from the inside out, then falliing on buildings.

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Post  peewee1974 on Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:19 pm

No it is not near my house just notice that it had small leaves for an oak in my area. Has anyone had success with them as bonsai?

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