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Learn Your Acorns

I spent the summer and fall of 2020 researching and photographing all kinds of oak trees across Middle Tennessee and created an identification guide full of high-quality photos and information.

Learn how to identify bark, leaves, habitat, growing habits, acorns, and wildlife food value of over 20 common oak species found across the eastern US.

This guide is a work in progress, and more photos and info will be added as I acquire them. I plan to add more species in the future as I venture out of Tennessee for some more localized species in surrounding states.

If you live in the eastern US, particularly the Southeast, this guide should tell you all you want to know about most of the oaks you will find when scouting the woods for deer, hogs, ducks, or whatever it may be.

The guide can be found in the Woodsman's Corner page, linked in the menu at the top. Or, click the image above to head straight to the guide.

Feel free to leave feedback! I'm all ears.

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Nov 30, 2023

Live oaks are plentiful in Houston and SE Texas. They grow slowly to an enormous size, and live over 100 years. We have a handful on our land. The acorns are abundant this year and the deer (and our dog) are liking them. Question: How do we keep the squirrels from digging up acorns we have planted in containers to grow trees?


Sep 05, 2023

Well done!

We arrived here as homeschoolers needing information about acorns. We had gotten green acorns from some trees near us and needed to identify them and google provided your video. We were hesitant, a video is more of an 'investment' with our internet, but it was worth it.

I appreciate the information and how it was presented (and obviously well researched)! This guide, and the USDA Plant Guide, are in our bookmarks.

We are headed back out this afternoon to look for the trees and are going to try to get some off the ground. A good 30 mins by boat...



Patti Maddox
Patti Maddox
Oct 20, 2022

I agree with the comments below. Great info, videos etc. thank you very much


Jeff Taylor
Jeff Taylor
Mar 25, 2021

I've watched you on youtube. Love your work. I'm impressed with your guide on Oaks. Nice title "Woodsman Corner" It looks like you're providing info rarely found in one place. Keep it up.


Mar 05, 2021

I've been searching for a good oak tree identification guide and your guide is the best I've come across. You've done a great job with this project!

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