A large tree often growing in excess of 80′.
Leaves: deciduous, simple, up to 12″ long and 2 1/2-6″ wide, 5-11 lobes ending in 1-3 bristle tipped teeth, shiny dark green above, pale and pubescence below.
Flowers: catkins 3-5″ in length, appearing in April as leaves come out.
Fruit: acorn, biennial, may have 2 acorns on each peduncle, 1/2″ long, cup covers one-third to one-half of the nut.
Bark: dark, sometimes nearly black with short scaly ridges.
Comments: straight trunk, tolerates moist sites, fast growth, good tree for wildlife.