This tree grows in front of Rand/Sarratt at the intersection of two sidewalks on the corner nearest Old Central.
Northern red oak is a representative of a large group of similar oaks present in this area. Members of the red oak group (Quercus rubra
, Quercus falcata
, Quercus velutina
, Quercus shumardii
, and Quercus coccinea
) have leaves with pointed lobes that are bristle-tipped. The members of the group can only be distinguished by careful examination of their leaves, buds, and acorns.
Northern red oak leaves
have lobes that are fairly wide and the leaf sinuses do not extend deeper than half way to the mid-vein. Buds
are not particularly hairy and the acorns
have caps that do not extend very far down the nut. Perhaps the most noticeable thing about large red oaks is that their bark
typically has a "striped" look caused by the flat tops of some of its ridges.