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Old 12-03-2017, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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We bought our home recently, and have trouble identifying what this tree in our backyard is. At first we thought it was an Oak, but it's December now and it still hasn't lost leaves. Is this an evergreen tree?

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Old 12-03-2017, 08:10 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Got a photo? Kinda would help.
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Old 12-03-2017, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Not sure why pictures did not upload earlier.
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Old 12-03-2017, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Looks like an Oak. Some of the Oak trees around here have not de-leafed yet either.
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Old 12-03-2017, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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We bought our home recently, and have trouble identifying what this tree in our backyard is. At first we thought it was an Oak, but it's December now and it still hasn't lost leaves. Is this an evergreen tree?
Yeah, looks like some kind of oak but not the typical ones we see (Red, White, Pin). Maybe Post or Burr Oak? Any acorns from it? Would love to see a pic of them
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Old 12-03-2017, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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No acorns since July which is when we moved in.
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Old 12-03-2017, 10:15 AM
 
Location: alabama.
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i have two oaks that hold their brown leaves all winter but i cant remember the variety ..
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Old 12-03-2017, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Somwhere
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live oaks stay leafed all year.

Are you having a mild winter? maybe the leaves will drop later.
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Old 12-03-2017, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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live oaks stay leafed all year.

Are you having a mild winter? maybe the leaves will drop later.
That's my reaction. And it does look like an oak to me too.

The live oaks I know definitely have leathery leaves, which doesn't look to be the case here. But there are dozens of oak species used in landscaping, and I sure don't know all of them. You might look around your area to see if other people have your trees.

OP, there are several factors that interact to trigger fall leaf drop - day length, precipitation, soil and air temperature. And of course individual trees have genetic differences that cause them to vary in response to these triggers. I think you're probably having a mild winter.
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Old 12-03-2017, 02:35 PM
 
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That's my reaction. And it does look like an oak to me too.

The live oaks I know definitely have leathery leaves, which doesn't look to be the case here. But there are dozens of oak species used in landscaping, and I sure don't know all of them. You might look around your area to see if other people have your trees.

OP, there are several factors that interact to trigger fall leaf drop - day length, precipitation, soil and air temperature. And of course individual trees have genetic differences that cause them to vary in response to these triggers. I think you're probably having a mild winter.

yes, your right it's an oak and yes, IMHO you're spot on as to some of genetic and site/climate influences that make keep a nominally deciduous tree from dropping it's leaves at the "normal" time.


IMHO, the foliage does not closely resemble the evergreen "southern live oak" (quercus virginiana) which almost always has "smooth" leaves (more or less, LOL)---what may be pictured is the "laurel oak" (q. laurifolia) which can hold it's leaves into late winter/early spring or even q. nigra ("water oak") a closely related species with leaves that can be in all kinds of shapes some of which may be roughly similar to the ones in the picture) and can also hold it's green leaves quite late.


oaks because of their propensity to hybridize and the fact that even "pure" species can have various shaped leaves on the same tree can be difficult to pin down as to what somebody may really have.

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