Quiz #87: Tree

The bark of this young tree caught my eye. Name this common New England hardwood.

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A. Northern Red Oak

B. Red Maple

C. Eastern Red-cedar

D. Red Pine

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Photo of Quiz #87: TreeThe answer is... A: The bark of Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) commonly forms long vertical ridges, though they don't always show this much red (another example pictured right).

Young Red Maples (Acer rubrum) typically have smooth, gray bark.

The fibrous bark of Eastern Red-cedar (Juniperus virginiana) was featured in a previous quiz.

Red Pine (Pinus resinosa) has reddish-brown bark that is scaly when young.

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