Deer Food: Blackjack oak (Quercus marilandica)
Class: browse; moderately preferred
Descritption: A small to medium-sized tree (more shrubby as you go west) occurring on dry, sandy soil. This tree species is usually an indicator of sandy soil. A round topped tree with stout dead, drooping lower branches. The acorns are eaten by many species of wildlife.
The foliage and twigs may be browsed by white-tailed deer, particularly during periods of drought or during late fall to early winter. Blackjack oaks can display several leaf variations and acorns mature in the fall of their second year.
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