The Eastern Black Oak is a species of “red oak,” meaning that it takes two years to develop the acorns and they have dark colored trunks. The leaves of the tree are feather-lobed and are alternately arranged. The leaves are objectively darker than the Northern Red Oak tree. The lobes of the leaves protrude deeper into the leaf body than the Northern Red Oak.
This tree was found in the middle of the wetland with the area of its trunk that begins to spread its roots submerged in the water.
Something that I learned about the Eastern Black Oak was all the threats that this tree has. Wildfires, oak wilt, shoestring root rot, and tunneling insects that bore into the tree and compromise the trees integrity.
This was one of the tallest trees in the park and when I first noticed the tree species I was only able to get distant and grainy pictures, this was because I stand at 5’1″ and all the leaves were at least 20″ above me.