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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Maroon White Oak

Do certain trees always turn certain colors in the fall? Always is probably a stretch, but generally this can be true.

How about those lines of oak trees that become a deep maroon each year?

white oak trees

Maroon is a shade of red, so you might think these are red oak. Not so. I checked a lot of these trees last week, and every one that color was a white oak!

Here's one that grew up in the open- spreading nicely. It may not be completely typical though. My tree book says the single trunk is usually distinct about 2/3 of the way up the tree. Not true here.

white oak tree

However, the leaves with rounded lobes verify it is white oak, Quercus alba

white oak leaves

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Lin said...

That tree has more of a "maple" shape to it. Hmmmmm...weird. Pretty colors though.

Shelly said...

Beautiful trees...we don't have those in Florida.

Hugs and chocolate,

Secondary Roads said...

Looks like something stopped the growth in the main trunk for some reason. It certainly is an odd shape for an oak tree.

RNSANE said...

Beautiful trees. I think a job, that takes you out to see such scenery, could be nice, unless the weather is lousy

Ann said...

Some pretty fall colors there

Chatty Crone said...

I am visiting you back! I do think that the temperature - the amount of water - and the timing have a lot to do with the color of the leaves.

Sharkbytes said...

Lin- It does, doesn't it. I'll have to find a better specimen.

Shelly- no oaks in Florida? You must have chinquapins

Chuck- see comment to Lin

Carmen- It is the thing I love most about that job

Ann- late in the season the deeper colors have their own beauty

Chatty Crone- They sure do! Although last year and this year, I thought there wouldn't be much color at all and they've both been spectacular!