Photographer: Michael Clayton
Quercus velutina Lam.
Quercus: Latin for oak
|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|