Black or White Oak Savanna


Savannas are open, sunny ares dominated by grasses and forbs such as little bluestem grass, wild lupine, and rough blazing star.  Savannas are sparsely treed and include black and white oaks in silty soils.


  • Sunny, dry conditions

  • Dominated by grasses and forbs

  • A few oak trees are present but only provide sparse canopy cover

Sources: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan State University Extension, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Lake Michigan Coatal Program

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