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Turkey Oak and ID Question

Posted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:11 am
by Jenny
I know the Turkey Oak is not native to North America, but here it is anyway since the spot where the limb hung over The Lake in Central Park was so beautiful.

My question: Is the tree in the third picture a Horse Chestnut? Going to NY Botanical Gardens for native tree MAJOR tree review. There are so many ornamentals in Central Park that I have a hard time with ID, plus I'm even rusty on a lot of the natives.

Thanks, Jenny

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Re: Turkey Oak and ID Question

Posted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:14 am
by edfrank
Nice photos. Yes the Turkey Oak in Central Park http://www.centralparknyc.org/visit/tre ... y-oak.html is Quercus cerris. This tree’s natural range is eastern Europe to western China. But so that others are not confused, there is a native oak species Quercus laevis that is also called Turkey Oak, or Turkey Foot Oak. I would say the other was horse chestnut, but I have been wrong before.

Ed