Did you know the PEI Arborial symbol is the red oak (Quercus Rubra)? Apparently the Island was full of red oak and it was harvested for shipbuilding and other construction like cabinets, barrels, furniture, etc. It was harvested in great numbers until the wisdom of conservation took over. For a hardwood, it is fast growing – as much as a half a meter per year. Thank goodness we have been able to replace/restore our provincial emblem.
It is easy to recognize an oak leaf by the deep indentations. However, you need some practice to recognize the red oak. Often you will see silver streak running along the grooves of the bark.
The Prince Edward Island Flag features one big oak representing the motherland and three small oaks representing the three counties.