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Overcup Oak (Quercus lyrata)

Scientific Name: Quercus lyrata
Available Size: 3-4′

55 in stock

SKU: 400 Categories: ,

Type: Deciduous tree

Family: Fagaceae

Height: 40-60 feet

Spread: 40-60 feet

Native Range: Central and southern US, in Missouri mostly in Mississippi river valley

Ideal Site Requirements:

Soil: acidic, moist to wet loams

Water: medium to wet

Sunlight needs: Full sun

Tolerates: Erosion, clay soil, wet soil

Landscape use: Shade tree

Brief Description: Medium sized tree with straight trunk and broad rounded crown. Slightly shaggy bark similar to white oak. Acorn cup encloses ⅔ to almost the entire nut, hence the common name. Can have good orange or red fall color.

Wildlife Benefits: Acorns are an important food source for wildlife.

Possible Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. Oaks in general are susceptible to a large number of diseases, including oak wilt, chestnut blight, shoestring root rot, anthracnose, oak leaf blister, cankers, leaf spots and powdery mildew. Potential insect pests include scale, oak skeletonizer, leaf miner, galls, oak lace bugs, borers, caterpillars and nut weevils.

Stand out Features: Good shade tree for low-lying, wet areas, some specimens have good fall color.

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