Plant ID forum: What kind of Tree does this leaf belong to?

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Name: Terri Osipov
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IJsbrandtGA
Nov 16, 2016 1:19 PM CST
I have found a few of these large leaves in the woods behind my home. What kind of Tree do they belong to? Oak maybe?
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Nov 16, 2016 1:43 PM CST
Sassafras has three-lobed leaves:

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A suggestion, including picture of even a bare twig would help with tree identification after the leaves have fallen in cases where you can figure out which tree they came from. I assume in this case, though, you found the leaves and don't know which tree they were previously attached to? Of course with a big tree it's not always possible to reach a branch in any case.
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plantladylin
Nov 16, 2016 1:51 PM CST
Maybe Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) ??
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Name: stone
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stone
Nov 16, 2016 2:49 PM CST
Maybe black jack oak (Quercus marilandica).
It doesn't look like any of the sassafras at my house....
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 16, 2016 3:24 PM CST
For comparison: Blackjack Oak (Quercus marilandica)
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Name: John
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ViburnumValley
Nov 16, 2016 5:36 PM CST
I agree with Blackjack Oak (Quercus marilandica) and certainly a leaf/leaves that were formed in dim light conditions, where oaks especially will produce much more massive leaf surfaces to photosynthesize as much as they can. Unfortunately, the database image doesn't help in this instance since it is a picture of a fine sunny situation in midsummer.

Look closely at the tips of the three lobes shown. I can see the bristle tip on at least two of them, and that's a good indication of a Red Oak group member - which Blackjack Oak belongs to. If IJsbrandtGA were to take some pictures of the trunks and crowns of the trees near where this leaf was found, I bet a Blackjack Oak would be discernible there. It usually has relatively ridged/furrowed bark with age, and a much denser craggier crown on a more stunted looking tree - since it has a much diminished growth rate to other more full canopied large overstory trees.
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Name: Terri Osipov
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IJsbrandtGA
Nov 17, 2016 12:03 PM CST
Yes I found this leaf on the forest floor with many others. I know it's not sassafras as I do grow them and is one of my favorites since childhood. I'll try to recon some of the tree trunks for a look-see. Thank You!
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Name: stone
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stone
Nov 17, 2016 2:28 PM CST
Yeah, I checked the database when I originally posted.... better pics elsewhere....

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