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Quercus velutina

Common Name: Black Oak
Quercus velutina
Quercus velutina

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Fagales
Family: Fagaceae
Genus: Quercus
Species: Quercus velutina

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Black oak tree bark is dark gray-black, blocky, and furrowed.

The leaves are alternate and simple, 4 to 10 inches long, and have between 7 and 11 deeply pointed lobes. They are leathery and shiny green.

In the fall, the leaves turn dull red.

Habitat & Range

Black oak live in dry soils across most of the eastern half of the United States.

Life Cycle

The acorns of this tree have a shaggy bowl.

Featured image by James Dake.


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