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Overcup Oak Tree

Quercus lyrata

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Overcup Oak Tree

Quercus lyrata

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Attractive Bark
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Deer Resistant

Botanical Name

Quercus lyrata

Outdoor Growing zone

6-9

Mature Height

30-40

Mature Width

30-40

Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun

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The Overcup Oak is a striking native white oak, growing to 30 or 40 feet tall and wide, with the potential to double that in time. It is exceptionally long-lived, reaching 400 years and still alive. Since it is not particularly fast-growing, but very long-lived, it is ideal for commemorative plantings, for woodland improvement, or for anyone who likes the rare and unusual. The deep-green leathery leaves are lobed, but with a broad tip, and they turn rich brown in fall. The bark is rough, with reddish tones combined with gray-brown. The acorns are unusual because the seed is mostly hidden by the large, rough cup, which allows the seed to float. These are a valuable food for mammals, turkeys and other ground birds, and for deer and hogs. Ideal for wet sites, areas that flood, and for ordinary garden conditions, as well as dry locations.

  • A unique species of American white oak
  • Dark-green leathery leaves turn warm browns in fall
  • Very long-lived tree ideal for commemorative plantings
  • Grows well in wet soils and areas subject to flooding
  • Grows in ordinary conditions, with high drought resistance

The Overcup Oak will grow in full sun, and also in partial shade, allowing it to be planted among existing trees. It grows in almost any soil, and is especially valuable for areas of wet clay, and places subject to periodic flooding. It is also extremely drought tolerant once established. Untroubled by pests or diseases, some formative pruning to maintain a single leading stem is advised, and the early removal of lower branches if you want a clear trunk.

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