Bender's Oak - Quercus x benderi
Quercus x benderi is a cross between Q. coccinea (Scarlet Oak) and Q. rubra (Red Oak); both of these species are red oaks. Both parents are widely distributed across the East and South, although they are along the southern coastline. Benderi is found in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina. The name was originally published in 1903. As the photo shows, this oak can grow to be very large with a diameter of over 6 feet and a spread of 90 feet. This particular specimen is estimated to be about 250 years old and is protected from lightning by metal cables. In autumn the leaves are reddish.