A small, native, thicket-forming tree/large shrub that can reach up to 15 feet. Yellow to scarlet red in fall. Often found in pure stands on dry, sandy, barren and rocky hillsides, as well as mountainous terrain. Prefers full sun to partial shade. Biennial acorns provide food for wildlife, especially bear, turkey and ruffed grouse. Stand disturbances by fire and cutting every 10 to 15 years promote productivity.
Seedlings are 1 year old, 4 to 12