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Old 10-15-2012, 02:07 PM
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What kind of oak is this?


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I was out hiking with a buddy Saturday and we came upon a whole bunch of these acorns on the ground... I've never seen acorns so big. They are bigger around than a quarter (by a bit). The shell was kinda soft and thick. I had to cut the meat out and it wasn't yellow/orange, more off-white/cream. I dunno if this is the right forum for this but it sounded the closest


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Old 10-15-2012, 02:55 PM
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I've got a bunch of white oaks on my property, however the white right over top of my wife's car like every third year has very large acorns. Dropping from the loftiest branchs can make nice dent and heck of the thump when it hits the roof or hood.

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Google says Bur Oaks have the largest acorns...and those are certainly large!
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Old 10-15-2012, 05:41 PM
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Do you have one with the cap on it? Except for the middle one, they kind of look like horse chestnuts. But I ain't no botanist, by any stretch, lol!
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:46 AM
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A picture of the leaf, bark and as ID mentioned, an acorn with a cap would help also. Just from the size of the acorn I'm guessing Burr oak also. Unless my memory fails me there are 78 varieties of oak native to the US.
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:19 AM
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I'll try to get a better pic sometime soon. It was on a hike but I believe the 'short route' to it is only about a mile and a half. I'll see if I can't run down and get more pics and stuff but it may be over the weekend (but I may have a camping trip to go on this weekend).
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Picture looks "wet" were you by chance in a river bottom? If so I'd say its a Swamp Chestnut Oak. They are LARGE , long growing trees that pump out TONS of giant acorns like that. They are essentially "temporary foodplots" on their own in some cases. I have a GIANT on my west TN river bottom farm that was measured by a biologist to be 115ft tall, 14.5ft in circumference, 6ft in diameter & estimated to be closer to 200yrs old than 150. When my "Monster Oak" as we call it, is pumping out the acorns the ground under it is kept clear by the deer for about a 1/4acre area. You can hear deer "poppin" the acorns from nearly 100yds on a quiet afernoon. Dont see how they dont break their jaws. But they sure eat em like chocolate drops!

Look closely under the rightside of the tree, thats my 6'4" 235# 16yr old standing there for comparison!

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Old 10-16-2012, 06:39 AM
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Picture looks "wet" were you by chance in a river bottom?
It was on the side of our "mountains" (yeah, they aren't mountains... more like foothills). It was fairly wet there, but definitely not a river bottom.

Here are my pics from Saturday (the first 27 are from the hike, the rest are from other times. the guy in the redish shirt is my friend Gregg). Also, I guess this would count as "my neck of the woods" This area is about a 20 minute drive from my house and is just a hiking area. The picture of the antenna is because the clouds were going by covering the top 1/3 or 1/4 of the antenna but the pic doesn't show it very well.

http://s260.photobucket.com/albums/i...view=slideshow

This particular image was taken not far from where we found those acorns:

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[QUOTE=HatchieLuvr;639907]Picture looks "wet" were you by chance in a river bottom? If so I'd say its a Swamp Chestnut Oak. They are LARGE , long growing trees that pump out TONS of giant acorns like that.

We have some swamp chestnut oak trees too and the acorns are quite large.
I would guess that the acorns shown above are from the white oak family but need more info on the tree and leaves to tell which variety.
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Wow! There may be some of those down in the boot heel of Missouri but there darn sure ain't none in my part of the Ozarks. That's one big ol' tree.
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:36 PM
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A picture of the leaf would tell all...........If I could see one I can tell you just what it is.....
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Pretty sure it's a chestnut oak, we have 'em down here in my neck of the woods too, we're only about a hundred miles apart.
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:40 PM
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Looks like bur oak to me as well. The bark is pretty distinct as well as the acorns. The leaves will tell the truth though.
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:55 PM
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Nice looking. The one in the middle on your hand looks wormy. The yellow spot has 3 or 4 little black 'dotd' (holes)?

We have a bumper crop this fall-and good sized-red and white oaks.
We also had(still have some) very good fall colors this year. As dry as it was I didnt think color would be much.

Color was 7-10 days earlier than average.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:35 AM
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I think those are Swamp Chestnut Oak acorns, like mentioned above. I still haven't had time to go back, but consensus between here and some other folks say Swamp Chestnut.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:08 PM
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Acorns?

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if you send me a PM, I will relay it to my wife. She really knows her business on this stuff. We are out West, but I am guessing she can help you with an ID.
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Picture looks "wet" were you by chance in a river bottom? If so I'd say its a Swamp Chestnut Oak. They are LARGE , long growing trees that pump out TONS of giant acorns like that. They are essentially "temporary foodplots" on their own in some cases. I have a GIANT on my west TN river bottom farm that was measured by a biologist to be 115ft tall, 14.5ft in circumference, 6ft in diameter & estimated to be closer to 200yrs old than 150. When my "Monster Oak" as we call it, is pumping out the acorns the ground under it is kept clear by the deer for about a 1/4acre area. You can hear deer "poppin" the acorns from nearly 100yds on a quiet afernoon. Dont see how they dont break their jaws. But they sure eat em like chocolate drops!

Look closely under the rightside of the tree, thats my 6'4" 235# 16yr old standing there for comparison!

14.5 circumference isn't 6 ft diameter. it's 4.5 ft. That's a prudy good sized one even so. We cut a tract in the Calcasieu river bottom that had some trees that big, one was a 4.5' redgum (sweetgum), there were quite a few 6-12 ft cypress trees, plus one 4 ft diam Long leaf pine that towered over the surrouding hardwoods, one of which was an Overcup White Oak that was 3.5 ft diameter and had at least ten logs in it, including the branches. The Overcup acorns run almost that big.
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These numbers of diameter/circunfrence remind me of the State of MI 'contest' to find the biggest trees of each species of trees in the state.

We have a White Pine that I thought was big. It measured 98" circumfrence. I went to the website to register it and found they already had a 198" er registered. I quit the process.
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There is a national registry for big trees of each state. I've forgotten what it is though. You can do a web search and find it. I have a sweetgum in my back yard that's close to the state of Louisiana's record. On that site, they list how and where to take the measurements, the trunk diameter and circumference is taken something like 3ft off the ground, above the butt swell. The other dimensions are the crown spread and the total height.
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