University of Illinois Home Contact Search
UI Plants Woody Ornamentals
Advanced Search
Select a Plant
 Plant Details





Quercus velutina
Black oak

Culture: In native areas this species is often found on poor dry sites. Transplanting is considered somewhat difficult due to the presence of a taproot. The Black oak and red oak occur together in the wild and can often hybridize, producing offspring that are intermediate in ornamental and identification characteristics.

This species can be troubled by oak wilt and gypsy moth, which can be devastating in its native areas. In most landscape settings these problems are not encountered and the species is relatively trouble-free.

Usage: This species is well worth preserving in its native areas. It however lacks the majesty and beauty of some of our other native oaks such as bur oak, red oak and white oak. The lack of a uniform habit and consistent fall color along with some transplanting difficulties, will largely leave this tree on the sidelines of the landscape industry. At one time, the bark of this tree was used as a source of tannin for the tanning industry and yellow dye was made from the inner bark.

All information on this site is copyright protected. Please see our copyright statement.  
©2019  Gary J. Kling, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  Christopher P. Lindsey,, NCSA
  Mark E. Zampardo, College of Lake County