Post Oak, Quercus stellata
Fagaceae or Beech Family


Medium tree to 60 feet. Leaves with five lobes, the top three large, forming a cross. There are no bristles on the lobe tips. Underside of leaves gray or brown hairy. Bark cracked, often dividing into rectangular blocks. Flowers are catkins high in the tree, rarely seen. Fruits are acorns.

A native oak of dry soils. Search for it on the upper slopes of the Park.

The leaves are distinctive and easily identify this oak. White oak (Q. alba) has lobes without bristles, but many more, all of similar size. Other oaks in the Park either have bristle tips on the lobes, are have leaves with large teeth.

Young bark
Leaf   Underside of leaf

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