Quercus velutina is an oak native to the southeast. It typically grows in dry soils and is drought tolerant. The common name of this tree (Black oak) refers to its black outer bark, but these trees also have distinctive orange/yellow inner bark. Quercus velutina is well suited for restoration projects, as a street tree, or a shade tree. Oak acorns are an important food source for much of our wildlife, and oak trees serve as important hosts to much of our butterfly, pollinator, and insect life.