Oak

Iowa State Tree

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Oak leaves and acorns

Oak leaves and acorns; photo by tfengreen on Flickr (use permitted with attribution). 

Oak

Iowa designated the oak as the official state tree in 1961. The oak was chosen because it is abundant in the state and provides shelter, food, and nesting cover for many animals and birds. It is difficult to find a tract of natural woodland in Iowa that does not harbor at least one species of oak tree.

Acorns (the nuts of oak trees) are a favorite food for wild turkeys, pheasants, quail, wood ducks, raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, deer, bluejays, nuthatches, grackles, several kinds of woodpeckers, and other wildlife.

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Images

Oak tree in glorious fall foliage; photo by phil.shen.2020 on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Oak tree - autumn glory

The mighty oak (national tree symbol of USA); photo by Christopher Bruno on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

The Mighty Oak

Videos

Acorn becomes oak tree in timelapse video