While I have familiarized myself with most the trees native to the Piedmont, occasionally I will run accross a tree that completely stumps me. This was the case the other day, and after much consideration and research of tree books I was finally able to id the tree. It was a blackjack oak. It was made particularly tough because at the time it had not leafed out. The satisfaction I felt from finally being able to identify this tree was magnificent. So I ask you, what was you most satisfying Tree ID?
By the way, for final id on the blackjack oak, I had to wait for it to leaf out. It still was tricky because the blackjack oak is in the red oak family but has lobed leaves like the white oak family. I felt confident it was a red oak based on the smell and color of wood but the leaves really threw me off. It also is not a typical tree for the area I live in.