A good “all around” oak, the black oak can commonly be found in a variety of places. This oak will tolerate higher and drier sites but is also typical of sites slightly above bottoms. A member of the red oak family, the black oak is a great tree for future timber use. The black oak is often accused of being high in tannins and a common misconception is that black oak acorns are not palatable to wildlife. This is not entirely true; black oak has significant wildlife value and is an important tree to add to your oak tree collection.
Red Oak Section
|Soil pH:||4.5 - 6.0|
|Wildlife Value:||Acorn is source of food for wild turkey, deer squirrel, grouse, and other small mammals.|
|Site Preference:||Naturally occurs on dry uplands. Best growth occurs on lower slopes in rich, well-drained soils.|
|Nut Maturity Date:||October to early November|
|Alias:||Yellow Oak, Quercitron Oak, Yellow Bark Oak, Smooth Bark Oak|