- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
- Mature Height: 60-80' tall
- Mature Width: 50-60' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 50-60' apart
- 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 trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees 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
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.
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Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Mature Height: 60-80' tall
Mature Width: 50-60' wide
Exposure: Full Sun
Spacing: 50-60' apart
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 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. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
How Does Shipping Work?
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.