The leaves on this oak are deeply lobed, shiny and pointed, with yellow, orange or red fall color. Bark is almost black on old trees with deep furrows. Tolerant of poor, dry sites. Red-banded hairstreak butterfly caterpillars feed on decaying sumac leaves and oak litter.
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