Post Oak

Quercus stellata

Image of Post Oak[+ ZOOM] Post Oak © USDA

The second most populous tree in the Pinelands’ is the Oak. Although their broad leaves are better adapted for capturing sunlight and their seeds, contained in acorns, germinate and sprout more easily than do pine seeds, their vulnerability to fire will keep them from overthrowing the Pitch Pine. That is unless humans continue to alter the natural ecosystem of the Pinelands and suppress the wildfires that are so crucial to this environment. Today the state of New Jersey performs regulated controlled burns throughout the pine forests.

Duration: Perennial

Flower: Early to mid May

Habitat: Dry

 
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