Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Sand Post Oak (White Oak)
Quercus margaretta

Leaves are simple, alternate and deciduous with irregular small, rounded lobes and pubescence below. The upper lobes are only slightly cross-like and point toward the apex. Bark is brown-gray and scaly. Fruit is an acorn about 1/2 inches long with a pubescent nut and shaggy, bowl-shaped cap. The acorn matures in one season. Form is up to 18 m (60 ft) in height but usually smaller, and can form thickets. Sand post oak is found on dry sites in the southern U.S. It is distinguished from post oak by smaller leaves with lobes pointing toward the leaf apex, more variable lobing, and hairless twigs. The wood is used for fuel and fencing. Acorns eaten by game birds, deer, and many small mammals.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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