Could this be an immature white oak tree?

Asked June 6, 2019, 4:54 PM EDT

Unfortunately I do not have a photo. I had a tree growing that the birds planted in the yard and I am trying to figure out what it was. It had to be removed because it was growing into a Magnolia. I do not recall if the leaves had autumn color. It was about 6 feet tall, sparse with branches, deciduous, no flowers. The leaves were tiny, no longer than 2 inches and multi-lobed. I have seen white oak trees in containers at Lauren's Native Plant nursery and the leaves were similar but the containered plant had almost 5 inch leaves with very similar shape. If my mystery tree is not a white oak, could you give me suggestions on what it could be and I will look up photos.

Howard County Maryland plant identification tree

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We really would need to see photos in order to identify what you have. Here is a link to pictures of white oak. https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php?species=1544
There are many other oak species and hybrids. You can see photos from the links on this page.
https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewChecklist.php?genus=Quercus

One possibility might be mulberry. The white mulberry has lobed leaves and the plant is spread easily by birds who enjoy the fruits. https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php?species=1602

Christa