Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
You may also want to check Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of North Carolina
Read Edible Wild Plants: Oak from Lytton Musselman and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society.
Learn more from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina website.
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February Greenville County SC
Bark light ashy gray w shallow lengthwise fissures separating into plates, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.
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In spring a mist of rose and silver: each twig hung with soft velvety leaves, per Trees Worth Knowing by Julia Ellen Rogers (1924).
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Male flowers in hanging catkins, female flowers inconspicuous, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.
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April Greenville County SC
"When white oak leaves are the size of a mouse's ear, it's time to plant corn."
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Leaves are large with 7-11 rounded lobes and sinuses. — Clemson Extension
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October Greenville County SC
Acorn cup rather thick, covering 1/4 of nut, which is 15-25mm long, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.
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October Washington County VA
Virginia Creeper Trail
Over 150 yrs old & presumed to be the oldest tree on the Virigina Creeper Trail.
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November Greenville County SC
Leaves divided into 7-10 shallow to deeply rounded lobes withut bristle tips, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC
Look for it in mesic to xeric forests, per Weakley's Flora
Staminate calyx 2-8 lobed, pistillate calyx 6-lobed
3-12 stamens in staminate flowers
Staminate flowers in clustered drooping catkins
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Gardening with Native Plants of the South p047
- Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee p308
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC p213
- Identifying Trees: An All-Season Guide to Eastern North America p318
- Landscaping with Native Trees p199
- Field Guide to Native Oak Species of Eastern North America p008
- Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide p162
- Trees of the Southeastern United States p278
- Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge p22
- Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont p255
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide p266