Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Post Oak

Quercus stellata
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Savanna / Woodland
Season of Interest: Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Gold
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Soil
Moisture
Dry
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Nesting, Butterfly / Moth Host
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

40 to
50
feet

Spread:

40 to
50
feet
Size
Height: 40 to
50
feet
Spread: 40 to
50
feet
Size
Height: 40 to
50
feet
Spread: 40 to
50
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Great for areas that experience a wet spring and very dry conditions throughout the rest of the growing season.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grows in extremely dry sites and can survive where it is wet in the spring and baking dry in the summer-very tough! A slow- to average- growing oak (12" - 24" per year), depending on soil fertility and aspect.
Basic Description

This oak produces a dense, round crown with strong spreading branches. Leaves are large and round lobed with the mid lobes considerably wider than those at the top and base of each leaf. Fall color can be a nice golden brown. The acorns are usually in pairs with no stalk, half-covered by the cap. A long lived and drought tolerant tree. Attracts squirrels, turkeys, moth and butterfly caterpillars.

Special Features
Interesting Bark, Nuts
Special Usage

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