Black Oak

Black Oak trees.

Black Oak Deciduous

Quercus velutina
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Native to southeast Nebraska, black oak is similar in shape and form to red oak, the key differences being smaller, darker leaves and a darker, more furrowed bark. This is a great native tree deserving of greater planting!

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Where To Grow

Black oak has great drought and heat tolerance once established, growing at a slightly slower pace than other red oaks. 
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Suitable to plant east of the 100th meridian.
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Size at Maturity

Tree Height Tree Spread
40-60' 40-50'
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Tree Characteristics

Leaves turn a nice red-maroon in the fall.

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Additional Considerations

Tree enthusiasts may want to try planting Hill's oak for their collection. 

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Interesting Facts

The common name is thought to refer to its dark bark and ‘velutina translates to velvet referring to the tree’s velvety buds.

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