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Audubon Native Black Oak and native birds
Native Black Oak
Native Regions map for Black Oak
Baltimore Oriole
Blue Jay
White Breasted Nuthatch
Northern Mockingbird
Audubon Native Black Oak and native birds
Native Black Oak
Native Regions map for Black Oak
Baltimore Oriole
Blue Jay
White Breasted Nuthatch
Northern Mockingbird



  • Lush glossy green leaves change bright yellow, orange and red in fall
  • Acorns are beloved and beneficial to wildlife
  • Fast-growing, long-lived native tree
  • May Benefit & Attract: Cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, woodpeckers, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, waxwings, nuthatches, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, crows & jays, vireos
  • 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
  • All Audubon® branded trees and plants are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

    Growth Facts

    • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
    • Mature Height: 60-80' tall
    • Mature Width: 50-60' wide
    • Exposure: Full Sun
    • Spacing: 50-60' apart

    Audubon® Black Oak Treeling

    Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

    Audubon® Plants for Birds: Quercus velutina

    Regular price $135.00
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    Shipping included
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    Why the Audubon® Black Oak Treeling?

    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!

    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.

    How to use in the landscape?

    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!

    Why Bower & Branch?

    We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

    Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.

    What is the definition of Native?

    “In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

    Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.

    Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.

    How To Plant

    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!

    How To Water

    Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.

    How To Fertilize

    Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. If planting in the fall, use Elements fertilizer while planting and start your regular annual fertilizing the following fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established as it gives your tree the nutrients it needs to produce lush new growth for the following spring.

    How To Prune

    A young tree may need a little extra support to ensure that it lives a long and healthy life. Stake your new Treeling with a 6-8 foot tall wood or bamboo stake. Use expandable ties that will stretch as the tree grows, fastening the stake to the main trunk from the base to the top. Check the ties every few months, at least twice a year; ensuring the ties are not digging into the trunk. If there is any sign of this, take the tie off and reattach it, giving the tree more room to grow.

    As your tree grows, remove a few of the lower branches each year in mid to late summer. Remove these lower branches before they reach 1/2 inch in diameter. It is better to make small cuts to avoid cutting a large, more mature branch - this is too stressful for the tree. Each year, make any corrective pruning needed, paying particular attention to removing damaged branches, rubbing branches, multiple leaders at the top, or suckers at the base. Limit any pruning to no more than 25% of the branching structure in a given year. Pruning benefits the tree and helps to achieve a balanced tree form.

    After two or three years you can feel free to remove the stake from the tree.

    Planting Zones

    Hardiness Zone: 3-9


    How Does Shipping Work?

    Size Small (AAA), Medium (A2A), and Large (AA) plants (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

    How Does Sizing Work?

    The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

    Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

    All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

    See the size guides below.

    How Trees are Shipped
    Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

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    Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).


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