Black Oak

Quercus velutina


Black Oak, also known as Quercus velutina, is a tree native to eastern North America. It typically grows to a height of 50-80 feet and has a dense, rounded canopy. The leaves are dark green and glossy, with shallow, rounded lobes. The bark is dark and furrowed.

Black Oak is generally considered winter hardy, and grows best in well-drained soil in full sun. It is relatively slow-growing, but can tolerate a variety of soil conditions. To cultivate Black Oak successfully, a grower should plant it in a location with plenty of room for it to grow and ensure that the soil is well-drained.

Black Oak is not edible, but it has a number of other uses. The wood is strong and durable, and is often used for construction, furniture, and firewood. The bark can be used for tanning leather. Black Oak also provides valuable habitat for wildlife, including birds and small mammals.


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