* Leaves have multiple rounded lobes. When
they unfold, they are a delicate reddish pink and soon turn to green.
* Acorns oblong, 1/2-4/5", set in a bowl-like cap that is covered by
scales. Nuts take a year to mature and their meat is not bitter.
* Bark gray, with narrow, vertical blocks of scaly plates.
* Height: 80-100'.
* Habitat: Dry or moist deciduous woodlands.
* Range: Eastern United States.
* The decks of Massachusetts' most famous ships, Old Ironsides and
the U.S.S. Constitution, are made of white oak.
* Stately oaks are trees under which meetings are held, documents
signed, history made. For hundreds of years, the Eliot Oak stood
just two miles from Wellesley College, in South Natick. Under
it, missionary and founder of Natick John Eliot preached to the
Natick Indians in the 1630's. Eliot translated the Bible so that
the Indians could learn his way of worship, and he built a meetinghouse
next to the ancient oak. Today, the Eliot Church marks the spot
of the tree.
* For many, the word "oak" connotes age, power, weight, strength,
and nobility. In J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy,
the sturdy race of dwarves is led by the venerable Oakinshield
family. Oak furniture is known for its solid strength, and the
pioneers used oak for their homes, barns, bridges, and mills.
In more ways than one, oak trees helped to build our country.
* The fourth photo shows the class tree of Wellesley's Class
of 1920, located on Severance Hill. This tree is the only class
tree that was adopted, not planted, by the class; it was growing
long before the Class of 1920 graced Wellesley's hallowed halls.