Red Oak Tree LeavesRed oak foliage is dense and lush. The leaves form a thick canopy that rustles in the wind in the summer. In the winter, though, the trees become completely bare.
In the springtime, it's easy to tell oak trees from maple trees because the red maples in Sutton have puffy red flowerettes all over them by April. In comparison, at the same time in April the oak trees still look fairly bare. These photos were taken April 21, 2011.
Here's a young oak tree's leaves.
Adult oak trees are very tall, so this is the best zoom of my camera trying to see those treetops and what is going on up there. In this next photo, the main image is of a red oak tree, and then in the lower left you can see the corner of a red maple tree. See how the red maple has the rich red flowers growing on it? So clearly the red oak tree with its tiny white nubs stands out as being different.
Then along comes summer and now there is no question at all what is an oak tree. The leaves have all sorts of jagged lobes on them.
Since the oak trees are so tall - and don't have branches down low - the only way I can get leaf images is to wait for them to fall down.
Here are two images of baby oak trees. Baby oak trees are very easy to identify - their leaves look very specifically like oak leaves.
In this next photo I'm comparing a red oak leaf with a white oak leaf. The red oak leaf is on the left and has jagged edges. The white oak leaf is on the right and has the rounded edges.
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