Quercus stellata Wangenh.

Post Oak

A slow-growing, broad-crowned, drought-resistant medium sized deciduous tree to 10 m or so tall. Bark in narrow scaly furrows. Leaves mostly 10-15 cm long, mostly widest above the middle with 3-5 large lobes often further divided, the lobes arranged in the rough shape of a crucifix, tapering at the base, rounded at the tip, leathery, hairy below at first but hair diminishing. Leaf stalks hairy, thick 1.5-2.5 cm long. Acorns 1.5-2.5 cm long, often in 2s or 4s, stalks short or absent; cup covering about one third of the acorn and with thin outer scales tapering to a point.

SE North America

Grows naturally on lower mountain slopes and in dry woodlands on a variety of soils.

Leaves more or less cross-shaped, hairy below with 3-5 main lobes.

VIC: Belgrave (Old Coles Nursery site, Belgrave above Puffing Billy); Melbourne (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (Melbourne Gardens), small tree, northern walk).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Fagaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Fagales
family       Fagaceae
genus        Quercus L.