Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Black Oak

Quercus velutina
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June), Late (July - frost), Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: Green
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Nesting, Food/Birds, Food/Small Animals
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

50 to
60
feet

Spread:

40 to
70
feet
Size
Height: 50 to
60
feet
Spread: 40 to
70
feet
Size
Height: 50 to
60
feet
Spread: 40 to
70
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Inner bark yields a yellow dye, it was harvested for export as quercitorn.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Tolerant of many soils, but especially tolerant of poor, dry sites. Prefers full sun. Mature trees may lose branches in wind storms.
Special Features
Interesting Bark
Special Usage
Basic Description

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.

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