Random Plant: Northern red oak revisited

Northern red oak (Quercus rubra, Fagaceae) photographed 10/30/2011 near Blissfield Michigan.

I first wrote about northern red oak (Quercus rubra, Fagaceae) back in July when these trees were lush and green.  Now that we’re well into autumn, they’re no less impressive.  As with most oaks and beeches, these deciduous trees exhibit a characteristic known as marcescence:  they retain their leaves through the winter.

Northern red oak (Quercus rubra, Fagaceae) photographed 10/30/2011 near Blissfield Michigan.

While most species of maples have by now lost their brilliantly-colored leaves, oaks and beeches remain as some of the few sources of fall color here in southeast Michigan.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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