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Quercus velutina

Name: Quercus velutina

Synonyms:   Quercus velutina var. missouriensis, Quercus leiodermis, 

Local Names:   Black oak,  Yellow oak, Quercitron oak, Quercitron, Yellow-bark oak, Yellowbark oak, Yellow butt oak, Smooth-bark oak, Smoothbark oak

Acorn:    Ovoid acorns, 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, 1/3 to 1/2 enclosed in a bowl-shaped cap; cap scales are loosely appressed (particularly loose on edges of cap), light brown and fuzzy, matures in 2 years in late summer and fall.

Leaves:  Alternate, simple, 4 to 10 inches long, obovate or ovate in shape with 5 (mostly) to 7 bristle-tipped lobes; leaf shape is variable, with sun leaves having deep sinuses and shade leaves having very shallow sinuses, lustrous shiny green above, paler with a scruffy pubescence and axillary tufts below. 

Range:   Widely distributed throughout Eastern and Central United States and extreme Southwestern Ontario, Canada.  In the United States, occurs from southwestern Maine west to southern Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota; south through Iowa to eastern Nebraska, eastern Kansas, central Oklahoma, and eastern Texas; and east to northwestern Florida and Georgia

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Additional information and links on the genus Quercus:
Plants List: Quercus
Oaks of The World 
Quercus images on Google
Oak images on Google
List of genus Quercus and subgenus Cyclobalanopsis
USDA Plant List: Search Page (Type Quercus)

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