Monday, October 13, 2008
Black Oak Tree
The double tree that makes a V is the Black oak.
Black oak Quercus velutina
It will grow up to 70' tall
It has a relative short live span of less than 120 years.
Back oak is not used as an ornamental because of its slow growth and lack of fall color.
Black oak on upland dry sites usually is of poor quality. 1/3rd of the Black oak is canceled out of commercial quality because of fire scars or bug infestation damage from branch stubs.
Black oak begins to produce seeds about age 20. Best production of seeds are between the ages of 40 to 75.
Insects, squirrels, deer turkey, small rodents, and birds consume many of the acorns.
To compete successfully in a new stand the advance regeneration of Black oak should be at least 4-5' tall.
Acorns germinate in the spring. Best conditions are when seed is in contact with our covered by soil, with a light layer of litter over them.