Average Height: The black oak tree is a medium sized tree, growing 80 feet in height.
Average Width: No data
Leaf Description: Black oak tree leaves are 4-8 inches long with 5-7 bristle tipped lobes. Leaves appear similar to northern red oak, with shiny green upper surfaces and paler slightly fuzzy under surfaces.
Bark Description: Young bark is gray and smooth becoming thicker and rougher with age. Inner bark is yellow to orange and very bitter tasting.
Twig Description: The twigs on black oak trees are stout and red brown to gray. Buds are very large, fuzzy and distinctly pointed. (See pictures.)
Flowering: Yellow green catkins on males, reddish breen and on short spikes for females.
The forest tent caterpillar strips the foliage from trees, builds cocoons on the sides of buildings, and becomes messy when crawling on sidewalks, patios, and driveways where they are frequently squashed More…