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Cultural Details for Quercus velutina

Common Name:
Black Oak

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:
Crown can be rounded or narrow, creating a variable spread

Flower Details:
Pendulous yellow-green catkins, blooms in May

Fruit Details:
Elongated acorn, striated light red-brown, borne solitary or in pairs. Bowl-like cap encloses third to half the total acorn.

Fall Color:

Bark Details:
Almost black, inner is orange, vertically deeply furrowed

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Numerous insects and diseases but rarely significant

Native Habitat:

Other Features:
Freely hybridizes with Q. rubra

Culture and Care:
Prefers moist, rich, well-drained soil, Tolerates poor, dry, sandy conditions or heavy clay hillsides. Deep root system makes transplanting difficult. Zone 3-9

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
212, 1166, 1180, 1190, 8625, 8626

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.