Quercus velutina
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Hardiness Zone: 3-8 Height: 65-80 feet; 20-25 metres Spread: 40-50 feet; 10-15 metres Sun: Full sun to part shade Water: Dry to moist Wildlife: Black oak acorns provide food for numerous wildlife species including squirrels, mice, voles, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey. Trunk cavities have been known to be nesting sites for Northern Black Flicker. Bloom Colour: Yellow, brown, green Tolerates: sandy soil; clay soil, dry soil Culture: Black Oak is fairly easily grown in a range of soils from dry and sandy to moist, rich acidic soils. Noteworthy Characteristics: Black Oak reaches 50-60 ft. in height with a variable spread that is often quite irregular. Catkins appear just before or with the appearance of new leaves. Thick, glossy, pointed-lobed black oak leaves often turn orange or red in the fall. Garden Uses: Shade tree for large areas