Black Oak

Quercus velutina


In Stock
Key Features

50 - 80'

Container Size

2 Gallon

Bloom Time

March, April, May

Bloom Color

Brown, Green, Yellow

Soil Moisture


Soil Type

Dry, sandy to moist, rich soils

Hardiness Zone

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Light Requirements

Part shade, Part Sun, Full sun

  • Description

    Keystone Value: The genus Quercus (Oak) supports over 500 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars, providing food for a variety of birds and mammals.

    Black Oak (Quercus velutina) is a large deciduous tree that grows naturally on slopes of upland hills and ridges and can live up to 200 years. The common name Black Oak comes from the nearly black bark at maturity. The leaves are deeply to shallowly lobed with fine hairs on the buds and undersides of young leaves. They turn yellow-brown to dull red in winter. Male catkins and female spikes appear in spring and are wind pollinated. Acorns are reliably produced every 2-3 years and are eaten by woodpeckers, blue jays, wild turkeys and small mammals. Black Oak offers cover/habitat as well as nesting sites for a wild variety of native wildlife. It is a larval host for the Imperial Moth (shown above) among many others.

  • Shipping Information

    We ship from two locations:

    • Maryland – Our nursery in Maryland is perfectly located to serve the Eastern United States within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Maryland location if you live east of Ohio.

    • Illinois – Our nursery in Illinois is perfectly located to serve the Midwestern United states within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Illinois location if you live west of West Virginia.

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