Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Quercus velutina Lam. image
Photographer: Michael Clayton           

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Kenneth J. Sytsma

Know Your Trees

Merel R. Black
Family Fagaceae
Quercus velutina Lam.
black oak
Quercus: Latin for oak
velutina: velvety
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Status: Native
Plant: perennial, deciduous tree to 80' tall; dark brown to black, deeply furrowed bark often with ridges broken into uneven blocks, inner bark yellow or orange
Flower: oval to elliptic, terminal buds obviously 5-angled in cross section; blooms in spring
Fruit:acorns biennial, cup- to turban-shaped cup covering 1/2 of the nut; nut roundish to oval
Leaf:oval to obovate in outline on a long stalk, unequal base blunt to slightly pointed, edges with 5-9 deep lobes and 15-50 sharp points; underside pale green, upper side shiny, dark green
Habitat: dry; slopes, uplands, sandy lowlands, terraces

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Quercus tinctoria W.Bartram
Quercus velutina Lam. f. missouriensis (Sarg.) Trel.
Quercus velutina Lam. var. missouriensis Sarg.

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