Black Oak

Scientific Name: Quercus velutina
Genus: Quercus
Family: Fagaceae

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This tree reaches 50 to 60 feet in height, and the spread is variable. The crown is often quite irregular: it can be narrow or wide-spreading, elongated or rounded. The leaves are shiny dark green in the summer, turning a beautiful red in the fall. They are large with 7 to 11 pointed lobes. It is a tree native from Maine to Florida, west to Minnesota and Texas. One of the black oaks on the Reed campus has been designated a Portland Heritage Tree.