Quercus lyrata

Overcup Oak

Category: Deciduous, Shade Tree | Size: Medium | Hardiness Zones: 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 | Fall Color: Yellow , Orange , Red | Growth Rate: Fast | Adaptability: Salt Spray Tolerant, Urban Tolerant, Wet Soil Tolerant
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Overcup Oak (Quercus lyrata) is a bottomland species in the wild, which equates to high success under challenging urban soil conditions. It will withstand compaction and a wide variety of soil moisture levels. Quercus lyrata is popular because of this toughness and because of its symmetrical habit, upswept branches, and interesting bark texture. For other excellent urban oak trees, look at Q. bicolor, Q. nuttallii, Q. phellos.

Category: Medium shade tree; deciduous
Hardiness: 5 to 9
Foliage: Medium green
Fall Color: Usually yellow; can be orange or red
Fruit: Acorns
Bark: Flaking off in small sections; medium gray and tan
Winter Interest: The flaky bark adds winter appeal.
Texture: Medium
Shape: Pyramidal when young; aging to rounded
Mature Size: 50' tall by 50' wide
Growth Rate: Fast
Adaptability: Quercus lyrata is extremely tough & urban tolerant; thrives in heat; tolerant of the extremes of drought and compacted soils to actually enjoying periodic flooding or water-logged conditions
Native Habitat: Native to Southern US and up the Mississippi River Valley