Plant ID forum→Boise Idaho oak tree ID

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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Feb 13, 2021 7:41 PM CST
So, I'm growing an oak bonsai. This is a picture of the tree I got the acorn from. I was wondering if someone can give me an idea of this trees species. I know it's Oak, but not sure which type of oak it is.

Any ideas?


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Exact location is here, in Boise, Idaho.


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Jared

Name: John
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ViburnumValley
Feb 13, 2021 9:05 PM CST
This tree is in the Red Oak group, with bristle tips on the leaf lobes.

Beyond that - even with looking at Google Street View of the specific tree - it is difficult to zero in on an absolute ID to species level.

On top of that, oaks hybridize prolifically, and since most oaks are seedlings, that means each one can have a certain level of mixed parentage.

You list yourself as Nampa, ID. Do you ever go back to Boise? You could collect more specific photo images of detailed leaves, BUDS, and other close detail information on this plant.
John
Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Feb 13, 2021 9:45 PM CST
ViburnumValley said:This tree is in the Red Oak group, with bristle tips on the leaf lobes.

Beyond that - even with looking at Google Street View of the specific tree - it is difficult to zero in on an absolute ID to species level.

On top of that, oaks hybridize prolifically, and since most oaks are seedlings, that means each one can have a certain level of mixed parentage.

You list yourself as Nampa, ID. Do you ever go back to Boise? You could collect more specific photo images of detailed leaves, BUDS, and other close detail information on this plant.


I actually haven't updated my profile in a while. I live in Boise now. This tree is actually a bike ride from my house.

I can try to get the photos of the buds tomorrow, if there are any right now. We had a big snowstorm.

Here is an old picture of the acorn I found and planted, as well as the oak bonsai sapling. This may help.


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I'll try to get more pictures tomorrow.

Jared
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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ViburnumValley
Feb 14, 2021 8:16 AM CST
Hi Jared:

More pictures will be helpful, but don't endanger life/limb. The acorn picture is great, and as the seedling spreads its leaves out, that will provide more information.

I'm still firmly in the Red Oak camp. Primarily Quercus rubra, but certainly mixed genetics with another species. The acorn is about right, but seeing the acorn's cap and the peduncle with which it was attached to the branch is yet another ID feature.

If you don't already have this as reference, here is a link to the Field Guide put out by USFS:

https://www.fs.fed.us/foresthe...

I suspect that you could examine other oaks planted along that corridor, and see similar trees that have variations in leaf morphology.
John
Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Feb 14, 2021 8:58 AM CST
ViburnumValley said:Hi Jared:

More pictures will be helpful, but don't endanger life/limb. The acorn picture is great, and as the seedling spreads its leaves out, that will provide more information.

I'm still firmly in the Red Oak camp. Primarily Quercus rubra, but certainly mixed genetics with another species. The acorn is about right, but seeing the acorn's cap and the peduncle with which it was attached to the branch is yet another ID feature.

If you don't already have this as reference, here is a link to the Field Guide put out by USFS:

https://www.fs.fed.us/foresthe...

I suspect that you could examine other oaks planted along that corridor, and see similar trees that have variations in leaf morphology.


I'm not endangering life and limb. I know better. The storm actually subsided. I can drive to where the tree is at when the roads clear up.

There are a lot of caps on the tree still, so I'll get pictures of them.

By the way, what is a peduncle?

Jared
Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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Feb 14, 2021 12:39 PM CST
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More pictures. Buds and acorn caps.

I learned the tree next to it is also an oak. Looks to be the same species. Some acorns on the ground. A few beginning to sprout.

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More oak bonsai!

Jared

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