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Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
4 – 8
60 – 70
Round and relatively dense
Best in full sun
Normally found in poor, dry, rocky soil, maximum growth occurs in well-drained, moist soil
inconspicuous, hanging catkins
acorn 1 – 1 1/4 long by 3/4 wide, rich brown color
Landscape use:
Good medium-size tree for use as a specimen tree, in parks and public places
Native range is from southern Maine and Ontario to South Carolina and Alabama; cultivated in 1688
Significant Features:
Dark brown to black bark; sweet acorn provides food for wildlife


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Michael A. Dirr

Dr. Michael A. Dirr is a horticulturist associated with the University of Georgia. Dr. Dirr has published over 300 scientific and popular publications and has authored seven books, including A Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture and Propagation and Uses. It has sold more than 250,000 copies.

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Richard C. Webel

Richard C. Webel is managing director of Innocenti & Webel LLC, a renowned firm that specializes in architecture, landscape architecture and strategic planning. He collaborated on A Landscape of Continuity: The Practice of Innocenti & Webel, published by Harvard University in 1997. In addition to presenting lectures throughout the United States, he has also appeared on CNBC and CNN.