I had my own questions about an oak tree in my front yard. In 2005, when my property was Bay-Wise certified, I asked Wanda MacLaughin if she could identify what type of oak it was. It is not a white oak. She pointed out that it was difficult to say because it looks like it has characteristics of red and black oaks. Trees in the red oak group are wind pollinated. Sara Tangren said red oaks are very promiscuous and don’t discriminate when pollinating. Offspring can exhibit a few or all of the parent traits and to complicate identification, many hybrids have cross pollinated with other oak hybrids!

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