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Black oak

Black oak
Black oak

Black oak
Quercus velutina

Black oak is a common tree on the dry uplands of eastern forests. Like most other red oaks, it has spiny, pointed lobes. Its acorn is oval or rounded and enclosed for about half its length in a deep, scaly, bowl-shaped cup. In spring, its unfolding leaves are a deep red and then turn silvery within a few days. Older trees can have thick, black bark that is deeply divided into broad, rounded ridges.

Black oak leaves are variable in form with 7 toothed lobes (can be 5) that are sometimes divided nearly to the midrib by rounded sinuses.

Black oak – Quercus velutina
LocationPointsC.B.H.HeightCrown
W Water St., Dover34721998121
705.5 Woodsdale Rd., Wilmington322191105105
2600 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington32018910797
801 West 20th St., Wilmington3191989797