Quercus cerris is a tree, red oak group, to 20 m tall, bark dark, with deep, rather regular, rectangular fissures.
Leaves alternate, oblong, pinnately, lobed (coarsely saw-toothed), lobes bristle tipped; dark green above, hairy below.
Flowers catkins, wind pollinated.
Fruit, acorns smooth, about 2.5 cm, with scales of cap elongated like very coarse, tangled hairs.
Wetland status: NL.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Origin: S. Europe-W. Asia.
Habitat: Locally escaped in Central Park. Other occurrences probably overgrown plantings.