The Oak Tree
|by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr|
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I know nothing about an Oak tree. We had to name and recognize leaves in school. I think it was a very useful lesson. I just can't remember the names of the leaves that match the trees. Oak is such a common name. There is no excuse for me to be so dumb about this tree. The one in the photograph is not familiar to me. Look at that short trunk. I wonder if I've been walking past an Oak tree every day without a nod. It's only fair to add five facts about the Oak tree.
1.Oak trees are a type of deciduous tree. These are broad-leaved trees that shed all their leaves during one season.
2.Oak trees live 200 or more years.
3. It's a member of the beech tree family.
4.The scientific name is Quercus or Lithocarpus. Won't use those names. My goodness!
5.Acorn production will increase year after year; following a similar pattern as the size of the tree's canopy.