Black Oak Quercus velutina Lamarck    
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Fagales   >   Family Fagaceae   >   Genus Quercus   

Description:

Large tree with tight, darkish bark. Inner bark is yellowish. Leaves are very variable in shape and lobing, dark green and glossy above, but lighter and somewhat hairy below, with tufts of brownish hairs in the axils of the veins. Acorn is about half covered by the cup, which has loosely overlapping scales in the upper part and a narrow, loose fringe at the top. Buds are large, five-angled, and very hairy in winter.

Where to find:

Found throughout the state, most commonly in the western two-thirds.

Relationships:

Host plant for the butterfly Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.

Host plant for various moth species including Buck Moth, Banded Tussock Moth, American Dagger Moth, and Ashy Meganola Moth.

There are 147 records in the project database.

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Black Oak in Dorchester Co., Maryland (6/24/2014). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Black Oak in Howard Co., Maryland (5/16/2017). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Black Oak in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/5/2012). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Black Oak in Carroll Co., Maryland (6/16/2017). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Black Oak in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/30/2011). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Black Oak in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/1/2012). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Black Oak in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/26/2017). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Black Oak in Montgomery Co., Maryland (11/16/2019). Photo by Bill Hill. (MBP list)

The trunk of a Black Oak in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (2/14/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Black Oak in Washington Co., Maryland (4/15/2018). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Black Oak in Dorchester Co., Maryland (2/25/2018). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Black Oak in Prince George's Co., Maryland (10/20/2017). (c) Janet Gingold, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Janet Gingold via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Black Oak in Prince George's Co., Maryland (10/20/2017). (c) Janet Gingold, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Janet Gingold via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Black Oak growing in Garrett Co., Maryland (11/20/2018). Photo by Boyer and McDowell. (MBP list)


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