Craig's Mill Trail
Chesterfield, SC

Pee Dee RC&D:

Leaf: Alternate, simple, 5 to 8 inches long, 5 to 9, bristle tipped lobes which are shallower than Quercus falcata, margins of lobes are nearly at right angles to midrib, bright green above, duller and may be scruffy hairy beneath and on petiole.

Flower: Monoecious, staminate yellow-green flowers borne on elongated clusters of catkins; pistilate flowers are very small, green and borne on a short stalk. Appear with the leaves.

Fruit: Acorns are 1/2 inch long, orange brown, pubescent when young, scaly, somewhat pubescent cap covers about 1/3 of the nut. Matures in two years in September or October.

Twig: Orange to reddish brown, often very pubescent with older twigs becoming glabrous. Multiple terminal buds (1/8 to 1/4 inch) are pointed, reddish brown and have some pubescence on the upper half.

Bark: Initially smooth, but quickly developing small scaly ridges, later becoming dark, scaly and quite rough. At times resembling black cherry bark.

Form: Large tree, with good, straight form, often well over 100 feet tall and over 3 feet in diameter.

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This page was last updated on August 31, 2001.


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