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Quercus velutina

Black Oak

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Quercus velutina (Black Oak)

Like all Red Oaks, the leaves are deeply lobed and pointed but the Black Oak's are also thicker in substance and stiffer. Bright green, velvety young leaves unfurl and turn deep orange or red in fall. On old trees, the bark is nearly black and has deep furrows. It tolerates poor dry sites.

Additional Information:


Height
50-60 Feet

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Spread
40-70 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis), Roughleaf Dogwood (Cornus drummondii), Washington Hawthorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum), Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus), Shrubby St. John's Wort (Hypericum prolificum), Wild Plum (Prunus americana)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FAC-

Nature Attracting

Songbird

Season of Interest

Winter (Nov-Mar)
Mid (May-June)
Late (July-frost)
Early (Feb-Apr)

Soil Moisture

Average

Special Features

Nuts
Interesting Bark

Sun Exposure

Medium Sun/Average Shade
Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Cover
Food/Small Animals
Food/Birds
Nesting