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OVERCUP OAK
Quercus lyrata

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Photo Locations: Dallas Arboretum - Dallas, TX, Cohn Arboretum - Baton Rouge, LA, UC Berkeley Botanic Garden - Berkeley, CA and Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA

General Notes

This deciduous oak can grow to 100 feet in its native environment but grows much shorter in landscaped settings. Branches don't droop and resist breakage.

Native to Southeastern United States.

Family: Fagaceae

Tree Characteristics

Erect with a High Canopy.

Oval or Rounded Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 30 - 40 feet.

Width: 30 - 40 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.

Leaves Ovate, Green, Bronze, Deciduous.

Flowers Inconspicuous. Brown. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).

Brown Acorn, Small to Medium (0.25 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Summer Wildlife use it.

Bark Reddish-Gray to Brown, Rough.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Low to Moderately Low out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Fruit and Leaves.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 3 - 10 and 12 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 6 - 9.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Wet but Well Drained Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Acidic Soil pH.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Strong.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Attracts Mammals.

Wildlife use Fruit.

Special Uses & Values

Buffer Strip, Shade Tree or Street Tree.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Quercus lyrata Tree Record." 1995-2017. Dec 11, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/quercus-lyrata >

This tree is not part of the SelecTree Nursery Connection. If you would like to see this tree listed, or know of a nursery that sells it, please contact us at ufei@calpoly.edu.