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Quercus lyrata

Overcup Oak

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Quercus lyrata (Overcup Oak)

Overcup oak is one of the most flood tolerant oaks. It has large, dark green, lobed leaves that are nearly white underneath with gray and fissured bark similar to White Oak. The acorn is nearly hidden by the cap, giving the tree its common name.

Additional Information:


Height
45-60 Feet

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Spread
40-60 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Brilliant Red Chokeberry (Aronia brillantissima), Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum), Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica), Tulip Poplar (Lirondendron tulipifera), Willow Oak (Quercus phellos)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

OBL

Nature Attracting

Songbird
Beneficial Insects

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)
Winter (Nov-Mar)
Early (Feb-Apr)

Soil Moisture

Moderate
High

Special Features

Nuts
Interesting Bark

Special Uses

Bog

Sun Exposure

Full Sun
Medium Sun/Average Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Cover
Food/Small Animals
Food/Birds
Nesting