Plant ID forum: Oak tree in Texas #6

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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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Oct 1, 2015 6:49 PM CST
Hi again, trying to pick up where I left off.
Going slow now - at oak #6, this is when I could start getting my trees mixed up. Blinking

This is a small oak tree, I'd say 20-something feet tall with pretty big leaves. I didn't find any acorns on the two trees I was looking at. I'll look around for others and see if I can find any.

This might be Blackjack Oak, Q. marilandica.

Note the spines on the tips of the leaves.
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--For my notes: these trees are located down the back pasture, on the right of the path towards the back gate.
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Name: Christine
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Oct 1, 2015 7:17 PM CST
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Oct 1, 2015 7:36 PM CST
Christine,

That does look like a Blackjack oak. The leaves will be relatively glossy and the growth of the canopy will be very dense with lots of small dead growth that has died due to the thick shade blocking sunlight. If it hasn't been damaged by wind or something, the basic growth of the plant will be dense and rounded. They are really attractive at their best, but are prone to a lot of dead growth and damage from wind and, I guess, insects. In my part of Texas, it's the only oak that can be seen harboring mistletoe. Not often, but occasionally a tree can get infested with it. If other host trees like Hackberry and Elm are around, mistletoe may not get in the Blackjacks at all. The bark is almost black and resembles the bark of liveoak.
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Name: Christine
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Oct 2, 2015 7:19 AM CST
Thank you Donald. Thumbs up

One of the trees did have dead branches near the bottom of the canopy.

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