Oaks at Kendal

Oaks at Kendal

Oaks make up largest number of species in any single genus in The John Bartram Arboretum tree inventory. In early 2022 there were ten members of the Quercus, or oak, genus in the collection. Eight of these are located around Heiser Boulevard. Thus, a short walk is sufficient to see them and note the features that are needed for an identification. Oaks are related to the beech family, or the Fagaceae, in the taxonomy of trees. Along with beeches his family also includes the chestnuts that are planted on Wildflower Hill.

Oaks in the collection include:

Swamp white oak Quercus bicolor
White oak Quercus alba
Bur Oak Quercus macrocarpa
Quercus species an unknown fastigate
Pin oak grove Quercus palustris
Chinkapin oak Quercus muehlenbergii
Northern red oak Quercus rubra
Shingle oak Quercus imbricaria
Sawthooth oak Quercus acutissima
Scarlet oak Quercus coccinea

 

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources booklet titled “Trees of Ohio, Field Guide” lists 11 different species of oaks. This free pdf guide can be downloaded from the ODNR website. As our collection expands we hope to add additional specimens to the oak collection.