Tree Blog

Quercus buckleyi | Hill Country Texas

To learn an oak, there’s nothing like visiting it in its natural home. In this case, the Texas Hill Country, somewhere outside Fredericksburg, on the way to Enchanted Rock. We went looking at a time when we hoped to find fall color and acorns. When searching for oaks in Texas, be aware that almost all land is privately owned, and those owners take their property rights seriously. In an interesting commentary on the accuracy, or lack thereof, with common names of trees, Texas Red Oak is by no means the most common Red Oak in Texas. That distinction is almost certainly earned by Shumard Oak (Quercus shumardii), which is heavily used in the big cities where Texas Red Oak is rarely, if ever, seen.

Dave Muffly