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White Oak?
« on: October 24, 2020, 11:58:32 PM »
This tree is located in West Central Kentucky.  I was told that it was a white oak. I do not live near this tree but it doesn't seem like a white oak to me.  Can anybody identify this tree?


 

 

 

 


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Re: White Oak?
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2020, 12:55:40 AM »
Chinkapin oak perhaps?
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Re: White Oak?
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2020, 04:23:40 AM »
Chinkapin Oak Quercus Muhlenbergi

In the White Oak family. Lumber is sold as White Oak and can be used for barrel staves. Color of the wood tends be a little greenish.

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Re: White Oak?
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2020, 10:17:37 AM »
The leaves look kinda broad and the bark looks "platey".  If it was growing on my property it would be Swamp Chestnut Oak. 
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Re: White Oak?
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2020, 09:22:20 PM »
They are very similar in leaf shape and scaly bark, but chinkapin oak leaves have sharper "teeth".  However, the acorns are very different.  Chinkapin oak acorns are smaller, like the last inch of your index finger.  On the other hand, swamp chestnut oak acorns can be very large, some as big as ping pong balls. 
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Re: White Oak?
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2020, 08:22:49 AM »
That bark, on what is a fairly old tree, lacks the depth of the ridges which a Chestnut Oak has at that age, looks more like white oak bark but not the leaf which seems to lack the Chinkapin pointyness?
 I've read that oaks cross pollinate and can be a morphidite species? :D
In a similar thought, we used to rent an old farm house that had a dirt road bank with two roots that were a white oak and a poplar that had actually joined together on the surface so I know trees are promiscuous. it wasn't my tree to chop on or logical but I'd like to have seen the wood grain therein?
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Re: White Oak?
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2020, 10:14:09 AM »
Thanks for all the responses.  I was convinced that it was a Chinkapin oak. We didn't see or find any large nuts around the tree. If this is in the white oak family that would explain why I was told that it was a white.

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Re: White Oak?
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2020, 07:24:46 PM »
It is in the white oak family. 
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Re: White Oak?
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2020, 11:01:55 PM »
Looks like what we call around here Cow Oak.


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