Similar species: Quercus x fontana is a hybrid of Quercus coccinea and Quercus velutina. The attributes of the hybrid tend to be intermediate of the parents. See links below for further information on the parents.
Habitat and ecology: Usually where both parents are found.
Occurence in the Chicago region: native
Etymology: Quercus is the Latin name for oak. Fontana means "growing in running water or in a spring."