oak tree ID #1

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  1. tracyballard

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    I want to plant some acorns - can someone tell me what kind this is. this first one has a single trunk that's straight and about 16 inch diameter with whitish gray and darkish gray patches of bark, about 60 feet tall at least.
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Again, a photo of the underside of a leaf with a 15cm ruler (and try to make the pic a bit brighter!!), plus location of the tree, please.
     
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    here's a photo of underside of leaf, location is Amarillo TX.
     

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    so would this be a shumardii? definitely not a white oak?? bud lenght is 5-6 cm.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Thanks!

    I'm thinking perhaps Quercus texana, given the prominent yellow hair tufts in the vein axils on the underside. Q. shumardii also has them, but usually has a broader leaf with the lobes more prominently divided into 3 broad sub-lobes at the tip.

    Not sure about oak #2, which doesn't have any tufts.

    There is a very good USDA Forest Service field guide to oaks, downloadable for free (pdf file) which would be worth getting; it used to be available from this address:
    http://www.fs.fed.us/foresthealth/technology/native_oaks.shtml
    but the USDA Forest Service website is in chaos with re-organisation, and I can't find where it can be obtained from at the moment. Even their own search facility still gives the old web address! I've got a copy I downloaded a while back but it is too large (8.4 MB) to attach here.
     

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