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  Quercus falcata
Author Michx. 1801 Hist. Chênes Amér. 28
Synonyms aurea Raf. 1838
cuneata Wangenh. 1787
digitata Sudw. 1892
discolor Spach, not Ait.
elongata Muhl. 1801
hudsoniana Dippel 1891
rubra Sarg. not L. nec Duroi
triloba Michx 1803
Local names Spanish red oak; swamp red oak; southern red oak ;
Range SE USA; to 750 m; introduced in Europe en 1763;
Growth habit 20-30 m; trunk short, crown rounded;
Leaves 8-30 x 5-15 cm; 3 to 7 lobes elongated, sickle-shaped, with deep sinuses; thick; base rounded; lustrous dark green above, with rusty hairs beneath; petiole yellowish, often pubescent, 2-5 cm; autumn leaves have not the red color of other species of "red oaks".
Fruits acorn 1-2 cm, singly or paired; globose; apex often striate; cup shallow, scaly, broad, enclosing 1/3 of nut; maturing in 2 years; first acorns when the tree is 25 year old;

Bark, twigs and

bark dark grey, deeply furrowed into thick plates; inner bark is light yellow, as in Q.velutina; twigs angled, with rusty hairs; bud light brown, silky near apex, 4-8 mm long;
Hardiness zone, habitat hardy; prefers acidic, dry soils, even poor or clayey;
Miscellaneous -- A. Camus : n° 419;
-- Sub-genus Quercus, section Lobatae, sub-section Phellos;
-- "Spanish", because present on the territory of the first Spanish colonies;
-- Numerous hybrids, among them :
Q.x caesariensis with Q.ilicifolia, Q.x beaumontiana with Q.laurifolia ;

Subspecies and
--- var. pagodifolia Elliott = Q.pagoda Rafinesque (see this name);