The dark bark, glossy leaves and tiny acorns of escarpment live oaks (Quercus fusiformis) are emblematic of Texas, but the Lone Star State is home to plenty of other native oaks. In fact, Texas hosts the greatest diversity of oaks (Quercus spp.) in the U.S. We did our hardwood homework to help you recognize the subtle differences between four common Central Texas species.
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- Largest leaves of all oaks in Central Texas, with deep sinuses between lobes
- Leaves are glossy on top with slightly fuzzy, lighter gray-green undersides
- Very large acorns have coarse, scaled caps and shaggy, fringed margins
- Very large tree, can reach 100 feet tall
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