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Audubon® Black Oak
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Black Oak brings birds to your backyard and does it with style. Like all native oak trees, it attracts countless caterpillars, beetles, bugs, and leafhoppers, which many songbirds rely on for nourishment, especially when raising their hungry chicks. You’ll appreciate this tree for the beauty it brings to your landscape in all seasons. Spring brings showy yellow catkins and new leaves emerging fuzzy and red. Summer brings glossy green foliage and cooling shade. In fall, the leaves transform once more to shades of butterscotch, deep orange, or bronzy red. In winter, Black Oak’s bold framework is laid bare. Handsome and wholesome!
May Benefit & Attract: cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, woodpeckers, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, waxwings, nuthatches, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, crows & jays, vireos
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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Size AA (2-3' tall) container grown
Size A (4-5' tall) container grown
Size B (5-6' tall) container grown
- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
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Recommended by Our Growers
In the past, Black Oak was a utilitarian tree sought out by many different crafters and tradespeople. Woodworkers used the wood for split rail fencing, flooring, and barrels. Potters used it to fuel the fires for their kilns. Tanners extracted the tannins in the bark for curing leather. And dyers found a useful yellow dye hidden in the inner bark. (Scratch a branch, and you’ll see this yellow pigment for yourself.) Black Oak was widely available in the eastern states; it is native from Maine to Florida and west to Minnesota and Texas.
The list of caterpillars that Black Oak supports is incredibly diverse. Most of these are animals you have never heard of. For example, it feeds moths such as the hesitant dagger moth, the slowpoke, the girlfriend underwing, the silky sallow, the spun glass slug, and the green-dusted zale!
How to Grow
Plant your Black Oak in an area where it will have lots of elbow room and will receive full sun all day. It is not fussy about soil and will be quite drought tolerant once it’s established. Water regularly during the first couple of years while it is putting down roots. Little pruning will be necessary, but if you must prune, do so only between December and February. The fungal disease Oak Wilt can strike when Oaks are pruned during active growth. Black Oak is particularly sensitive to root disturbance, and construction in its vicinity can be fatal. Plant it where it will be left alone to live a long and happy life!
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Size A Trees:
4-5' tall, grown and delivered in a container. One person can handle moving this size. A van or SUV can be used to haul home.
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