southern red oak
Quercus falcata

Southern red oak is one of the more common upland oaks growing the U.S. southeast. It provides useful timber, acorns for wildlife, and urban utility as a shade or street tree.

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Timber Value

      Southern red oak is used for construction lumber, furniture, interior finish, veneers, railroad ties, fuelwood, and chemical extracts.


Wildlife Value
      Acorns are an important part of the diet of many wildlife species.
          Attracts: squirrels, raccoons, deer, turkeys, woodpeckers, nuthatch, grackles

Regeneration methods
      Southern red oak's intermediate shade tolerance allows for regeneration by the shelterwood method. Prompt removal of the overstory and dense stocking will help avoid stagnation and quality-reducing epicormic sprouting.

Fun facts
Young sprouts often have very pubescent twigs and very shallowly lobed leaves. The wood is strong but tends to be coarse-grained so its uses are primarily for rough lumber products.
Quercus: Latin name / falcata: sickle-shaped (leaves)
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