Backus Woods Addition, Southern Norfolk Sand Plain, ON (Photo by NCC)

Backus Woods Addition, Southern Norfolk Sand Plain, ON (Photo by NCC)

Black Oak

Black oak leaves are dark green and shiny and highly variable in shape, which means the species is often misidentified.

Identification tips

Black oaks have a characteristic horizontal breaking pattern in the bark at the base of the trunk. They usually have a single dominant trunk that tends to lean to one side in the canopy, whereas red oaks generally have a more erect, sturdy form.

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