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Black Jack Oak
Quercus marilandica

This small tree is native to the southern and central United States. The trees can grow up to 15 m tall and have distinctive dark gray, cracked bark with vertical orange fissures. The dense wood of this species produces a hot flame when burned and can quickly dull a chainsaw.

Habitat:Dry, sandy or shaly soils, savannahs and in forests adjacent to grasslands.
Growth Habit:Deciduous tree, growing to 20 m tall.
Bloom Time:Mid-spring to early summer.
Longevity:Long-lived.
Presence in US:AL AR DC DE FL GA IA IL IN KS KY LA MD MO MS NC NE NJ NY OH OK PA SC TN TX VA WA
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