Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Overcup Oak

Quercus lyrata
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Wetland, Stream Edge
Season of Interest: Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Yellow
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Nesting
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

45 to
60
feet

Spread:

40 to
60
feet
Size
Height: 45 to
60
feet
Spread: 40 to
60
feet
Size
Height: 45 to
60
feet
Spread: 40 to
60
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Good large tree for wet sites, low lying areas.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Very tolerant of flooding, great for low areas. Adaptable to many soils. Mulch with its own leaves to re-create a forest-like situation and encourage the right conditions for spring ephemerals.Prune in winter or early spring.
Special Features
Interesting Bark, Nuts
Special Usage
Basic Description

Overcup oak has large, dark green, lobed leaves that are almost white underneath. Fall color is rich yellow-brown to brown and the leaves fall much earlier than other oaks. The acorns are almost completely hidden by the cap (“cup”). Similar bark to the White Oak, gray and fissured. One of the most flood tolerant oaks. New root pruning and fertilization techniques in nursery production have made oaks easier to transplant and have given them faster growth rates.

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