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southern red oak (Quercus falcata)

Model Reliability: Medium

Current Forest Inventory and Analysis under Current Conditions
Current Forest Inventory and Analysis under Current Conditions
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Importance Value
GCM SCENARIO % Area Occ Ave IV Sum IV Future/Current IV

Regional Summary Tree Tables

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 Interpretation Guide

Southern red oak is a widely distributed (13.9% of area), dense, low IV, but common species across the southern US, and our medium reliable model suggests a large increase in habitat throughout the South, but also a northeastern extension of range especially under RCP 8.5. However, the SHIFT model largely limits those northern locations from being naturally colonized within 100 years, though a fairly large northward expansion has some possibility. It also rates a high adaptability rating such that its overall capability to cope with a changing climate is very good. It also is rated very highly by SHIFT as a potential infill species.

Family:  Fagaceae

Guild: persistent, large-seeded, advance growthdependent

Functional Lifeform: medium-size to large deciduous tree

5.3 1.21
0.21 Model Reliability Medium

What traits will impact southern red oak's ability to adapt to climate change, and in what way?:

 Primary Positive Traits

Temperature gradient

 Primary Negative Traits

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