312. Dwarf Chestnut Oak: Dig Deeper

Tangled taxonomy: Read about recent research aimed at understanding oak classification. 

“It is hard for a naturalist to imagine a landscape without oaks,” writes Andrew Hipp, Senior Scientist in Plant Systematics and Herbarium Curator at the Morton Arboretum, in a 2010 article in Arboretum magazine Arnoldia. “At the same time, oaks are remarkable for their ability to stump botanists… Our understanding of the depth and orientation of genetic boundaries, our concepts of what constitutes a plant species, and our ability to differentiate morphologically similar species are tangled up in oaks.”  

The article details recent research aimed at understanding the taxonomy—or scientific classification—of the Hill’s oak and scarlet oak, trees found in the Midwest. 

Read it here.