Post Oak
Quercus stellata
Family Fagaceae

* Leaves leathery, gray beneath, with 6-8 rounded lobes that resemble a cross. 3-8".
* Leaves, buds, and twigs gray-hairy.
* Acorn cup bowl-shaped, covers half to a third of the acorn.
* Bark brownish, with shallow cracks and rectangular blocks.

Natural History:
* Habitat: Dry soil.
* Range: Eastern United States.
* Native.

* Post oak gets its name from the pioneers, who used its sturdy wood for fence posts as well as railroad ties.

* Acorns of virtually all oaks can be eaten, both raw and roasted. They can be ground into flour and grits, which have a nutlike texture. Euell Gibbons tells, in his book Stalking the Wild Asparagus, how to make Acorn Grits: Boil acorns for two hours, then dry them slowly in an oven and grind them.

* Trees growing in drought-prone soils grow more slowly than under more fertile conditions. Slow grouth results in dense, hard wood; thus, carpenters in pioneer days used to select trees from particular locations for particular aplications. When the hardest oak was desired, the slowest growing trees were selected.


Approved by NR


Created by: Allaire Diamond and Jiasuey Hsu
Maintained by: Nick Rodenhouse
Created: July 31, 1998
Last Modified: November 21, 2008