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    10 / 29 / 2014

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I was hoping this was a white oak. However, I’m not sure if it’s producing acorns. Is it true that oaks only produce acorns every 3 years or so? What’s the best way to identify white oaks and oaks in general. How do I distinguish between dif oak species? I don’t want to cut the tree down, but I did need to limb it some and was hoping to use it for bbq wood if it is a white oak.


  • David Registered says:

    Thank you guys for the help. I agree with you Jim. I think its a water oak.

    November 26th, 2014 at 1:05pm

  • Jim Unregistered says:

    After looking at the leaves more carefully and considering the size of the tree in the picture, I think it is more likely a water oak than a blackjack.

    November 11th, 2014 at 8:38pm

  • Jim Unregistered says:

    I should have said that the leaves of the white oak subfamily have “rounded” edges, whereas red oaks usually have sharp corners or sharp points somewhere. Even the red oaks’ leaves have smooth edges, except at the location of the sharp corners or points.

    November 10th, 2014 at 4:09pm

  • Bobby Master Identifier says:

    Agreeing with Jim. Not a post oak but the trunk and wood color still have me scratching and figuring.

    November 10th, 2014 at 12:24pm

  • jim Unregistered says:

    Oaks of the white oak subfamily (white oak, post oak, overcup oak, chestnut oak, chinquapin oak, et al.) always have leaves with smooth edges – no points. Some of the red oak family have fairly smooth edges, but most have clearly sharp points somewhere on the leaf. There are a great many species of oak, especially the red family, and natural hybrids, which are sometimes very difficult to tell apart. Try USDA plants database for lots of pictures.

    November 9th, 2014 at 10:30pm

  • jim Unregistered says:

    Not a post oak. I think it’s a blackjack oak. Although I have seen water oak (which have highly variable leaves) that closely resemble these, also.

    November 9th, 2014 at 10:41pm

  • jim Unregistered says:

    Not a post oak. I think it’s a blackjack oak.

    November 9th, 2014 at 10:04pm

  • Bobby Master Identifier says:

    Post oak: This link may help with identifying common oak varieties:

    November 7th, 2014 at 11:48am

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