What’s a Quercus?
That’s a Quercus! It’s the genus name for the Oak tree family. North America has about 6o native species divided into two groups, the White Oaks and the Red Oaks.
The White Oaks are a Gray Squirrel’s favorite because the acorns mature every year and the nut meat is not bitter. The best known species of this group are the White Oak, and the Chestnut Oak. Like these two, most White Oak species tend to have rounded lobes on their leaves.
The Red Oaks have pointy or bristle-tipped leaves. Their nut meats are bitter and only mature after two years. Willow Oaks and Live Oaks are in the Red Oak group.
Here at The Squirrel Nutwork, we like Oaks. Hundreds of different kinds of mammals, birds and insects depend on oaks for their food and shelter. We hope this year some of you humans will consider planting a Quercus!