Overcup Oak

Quercus lyrata
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Urban Oak, Supports Local Wildlife Overcup Oak

The Overcup Oak tree (Quercus lyrata) transplants easily and produces acorns that local wildlife needs and loves! This sturdy tree is known for its long lifespan and its even and symmetrical crown. This Northern American native offers more than just its unusual acorns, it offers a handsome sight and a robust strength.

One reason the Overcup Oak is so popular is that it thrives in a wide range of soil conditions and it doesn't mind urban environments. This is wonderful considering it can be difficult to find a tree that won't succumb in urban conditions.

This handsome tree offers a rounded, open crown with uniform branches. Its branches hold its large leathery green leaves that transform into a rich yellow-brown when autumn arrives. The Overcup Oak's bark is gray and brown.

For best results, plant your Overcup Oak in full sun or partial shade. And don't worry about your soil's condition, it will tolerate almost any soil. Perfect for a yard or a park, this tree is an attractive and useful option for almost any use.

Named for its unique acorns, this tree can feed all of the neighborhood's hungry wildlife once it begins to produce acorns after its 15th year. It produces small, half-inch to one-inch acorns that are a favorite among squirrels, wild turkey, white-tailed deer, and hogs. Its acorns don't wear the typical small cap, instead, their cap covers almost the entire acorn.

Investing in an Overcup Oak isn't just an investment in a gorgeous tree, it's also an investment in your local wildlife. And since this tree can thrive where most other oaks cannot, it helps establish a larger wildlife habitat with an abundant food source.

  • Extremely tolerant landscaping tree
  • Attractive even crown
  • Produces unique acorns that wildlife loves
More Information
Botanical Name Quercus lyrata
Mature Height 50 - 60 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Pollinator Required No
Growing Zone Range 5-9
Overcup Oak Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
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