About Oak Trees

 
 

An oak is a shrub or tree in the genus Quercus (Latin "oak tree") of the beech family, Fagaceae.  Oak trees are deciduous and will lose their leaves on an annual basis.  Of the approximately 600 different species of oaks, North America is home to the largest number of oak species with 90 in the United States and 160 in Mexico.  China has the second most abundant number of oak species at 100. 

Known for its great fall colors, an oak tree is a flowering plant that has spirally arranged leaves with lobate margins in many species, some have serrated leaves or entire leaves with smooth margins.