Flower: Staminate flowers borne on catkins. Pistillate flowers borne on spikes. Appearing with the leaves.
Fruit: Acorns are 1/2 inch long, very dark in color, and 1/3 covered by a flattened cap with appressed scales. Maturing in September of the second year.
Twig: Slender, red-brown in color, with short, sharp-pointed, angular, red-brown buds that are multiple at the tip.
Bark: Dark and quite tight, smooth when young and later with irregular rough patches. Much later developing wide, scaly ridges.
Form: A medium-sized tree with a slender bole and rounded crown with ascending branches.
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