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Quercus velutina

Quercus velutina Lam.

Quercus velutina Lam. var. missouriensis Sarg.

Eastern Black Oak, Black Oak, Yellow Oak

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderFagalesBirch, she-oak, beech, walnut, bayberry, others
FamilyFagaceaeBeech familhy
GenusQuercusLatin for “oak”
Speciesvelutina“Velvety”

About plant names...

Eastern black oak is a native of eastern North America.

Identification: This tree is 65-80' (19-24 m) tall, with bark that is almost black. Leaves are 4-10" (10-25 cm) long, each with 5-7 lobes. Sun-facing leaves have deeper lobes than shade leaves. Mature leaves are dark green, and shiny; reddish-brown in the fall. Acorns are ½-¾" (1.3-1.9 cm) long, with caps that cover ⅓ to ½ of the nut. See the Quercus comparison table.

Online References:

Quercus velutina on Carolina Nature, from Will Cook

Quercus velutina at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Quercus velutina at the University of Connecticut Plant Database

Quercus velutina on CalPhotos

Quercus velutina at the USDA Forest Service's Silvics of North America site

Quercus velutina at the Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site

Quercus velutina on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Quercus velutina at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Quercus velutina on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database

Quercus velutina on Michael Kuo's MushroomExpert.com

References:

Sibley, David Allen, The Sibley Guide to Trees, Alfred A. Knopf, 2009, p. 185

Quercus velutina (Eastern Black Oak, Black Oak, Yellow Oak)

5/2/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

Quercus velutina (Eastern Black Oak, Black Oak, Yellow Oak)

10/5/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, MA
≈ 19 × 13" (49 × 32 cm) ID is uncertain

Quercus velutina description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 18 Aug 2013.

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Quercus velutina (Eastern Black Oak, Black Oak, Yellow Oak)

5/29/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Pepperell, MA
≈ 17 × 12" (44 × 29 cm) ID is uncertain

Quercus velutina (Eastern Black Oak, Black Oak, Yellow Oak)

5/2/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm) ID is uncertain

Quercus velutina (Eastern Black Oak, Black Oak, Yellow Oak)

5/29/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Pepperell, MA
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 20 cm)

Quercus velutina (Eastern Black Oak, Black Oak, Yellow Oak)

8/14/2013 · Beaver Brook Assn Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH
≈ 31 × 21" (79 × 53 cm)

Quercus velutina (Eastern Black Oak, Black Oak, Yellow Oak)

10/5/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, MA
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm) ID is uncertain

Range: Zones 3-9:

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