9. Southern Red Oak

This large deciduous tree is sometimes called Spanish Oak. It is not native to Spain but does occur in areas of the southeastern U.S. once owned by Spain. It is a long-lived, durable tree, tolerant of poor soils, and an important timber tree. Its bark is used for tanning leather. The species name derives from the resemblance of the leaves to a scythe. It is a common tree here in Aiken and produces many small acorns.