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Texas red oak leaf

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Portion of a Texas red oak leaf; click for greater sharpness and detail.

Now you know why Texas red oak is called Texas red oak.

When I wandered along the trail in Balcones District Park on January 13th, my eyes were caught several times by some oak trees, Quercus buckleyi, that hadn’t grown very tall yet. They still had some leaves on them, and to varying degrees those leaves were turning colors that appeared all the more saturated when illuminated from behind by the late afternoon sun, as you see here. (With this photograph it’s important to click to see a properly sharp version.)

I don’t know if I’ve ever noticed the leaves of this species lasting so far into January, but I’m certainly happy that now I can tell you not only about fall color in central Texas, most reliably seen in our flameleaf sumacs, but also about the winter color provided, even if on a small scale this year, by Texas red oaks.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 17, 2012 at 5:05 AM

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