Quercus buckleyi

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Quercus buckleyi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fagales
Family: Fagaceae
Genus: Quercus
Species: Q. buckleyi
Binomial name
Quercus buckleyi
Nixon & Dorr 1985
Synonyms[2][3]
  • Quercus texana Young 1873, illegitimate homonym not Buckley 1860 nor Sarg. 1894
  • Quercus rubra var. texana Engelm.

Quercus buckleyi, commonly known as Texas red oak or Buckley's oak, is a species of flowering plant in the beech family.[4][5] It is endemic to the southern Great Plains of the United States (Oklahoma and Texas).[6]

Quercus buckleyi is smaller and more likely to be multi-trunked than its close relative, the Shumard oak. The two species are interfertile, and hybrids are common along a line from Dallas to San Antonio. Texas red oak usually is 30 to 50 feet (9 to 15 meters) tall at maturity, and seldom reaches a height of more than 75 feet (23 meters). [7]

Quercus buckleyi was formerly known as Quercus texana but under botanical rules of priority, that name properly refers to Nuttall's oak.[3] This has led to much confusion.[7][8]

Quercus buckleyi is a highly regarded ornamental and shade tree. In autumn the leaves turn vivid red and orange.

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