Twenty distinct species of oak are native to Tennessee. Correctly identifying oaks can sometimes be challenging, even for well-trained foresters and botanists. This publication on identifying oak trees will introduce you to brief recognizable features or “BRFs.” BRFs (pronounced briefs) are easy to remember and will help you distinguish between different oak species. Using BRFs, this publication summarizes key features that will allow speedy and accurate identifi cation of Tennessee oaks.