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Quercus stellata (Post oak) is a small tree native to the eastern United States. It is sometimes referred to iron or cross oak. It is typically 10–15 m tall and 30–60 cm trunk diameter. Post Oak leaves have a distinctive cross shape; the bark is thick with plate like scales. The trees acorns are eaten by deer, wild turkeys, and other small animals. This tree tends to be smaller than most other members of the oak group. It usually grows in dry, sandy to rocky soils, it is however sometimes found in moist soils. The tree is tolerant of conditions such as drought and fire. It is used primarily for posts, railroad ties, mine props, and fuel.
Botanical Name: Quercus stellate
Blooming Period: spring
Fruit Characteristics: acorns
Mature Height: 80ft.
Heat Tolerance: high
Water Requirements: low
Soil Requirements: dry