The Friday Tree for this week is an introduction to several articles about oaks coming up next week at Venerable Trees. Oaks form the foundation of the forests of eastern North America. In abundance, size, diversity and usefulness, no other eastern tree comes close. There are fifty oak species in eastern North America, and oaks are dominant species in nearly 70% of eastern forests.
Oaks can be a real challenge to identify. See if you can identify this week’s Friday Tree to species. Make a comment in the comment box below (scroll all the way down) or on our Facebook page, and tell us why you think you are correct in your answer. We will reveal the tree’s identity, and have a lot more to say about oaks next week.