At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Fagaceae
Latin Name: Quercus pagoda
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Yellow-brown
Bloom: Green
Bloom Time: April to May
Shape: Irregular to round
Bark: Dark gray with scales
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 6 to Zone 9
Size: 60 to 80 feet
Spread: 60 to 80 feet
Care: Medium to dry, well drained soil

Claimed to be the most cherished of the red oaks in the Deep South, the Cherrybark Oak—or Quercus Pagoda—is an extremely large and mighty constituent of the Fagaceae family. A mature specimen’s irregular or rounded crown looms up to heights of 60-80 ft. with a respective width, though such trees have been known to attain impressive heights of over 130 ft. With a 6-9 hardiness zone rating, the deciduous Cherrybark Oak has a discontinuous distribution, most frequently found throughout the Carolinas and along the Mississippi, with rarer sightings as far south as Florida, as far north as New Jersey, and as far west as Texas. This species grows best in loamy upland regions and alongside streams with medium to dry, well-drained soils, thriving primarily in humid temperate climates that provide it with plentiful access to direct sunlight.

The Cherrybark Oak’s dark green foliage acquires sunnier golden-bronze pigments in the autumn. Part of the tree’s binomial name—pagoda—refers to the tiered shape of its leaves, naturally sculptured to form a morphology very reminiscent of a Hindu or Buddhist pagoda (a many-tiered temple). Its bark is similar to that of the Black Cherry, initially smooth on younger specimens, gradually becoming more gray and scabby with narrow ridges. The Cherrybark Oak’s monoecious green catkins usually appear in April to May, but can bloom a bit earlier or later according to the specimen’s geographic altitude. The Cherrybark Oak’s coppery acorns mature from August to November, typically produced for the first time after the tree’s 25th year; optimal production takes place when a Cherrybark Oak is 50-75 years old.

Fast-growing and long-lasting, the Cherrybark Oak is prized as a shade and ornamental tree. Unfortunately, it can be susceptible to wood-boring insects and is not very tolerant of poorly drained soils. This oak variation serves as a valuable habitat and food source to a variety of creatures, sustaining a wide range of wildlife. Prized, too, for its timber, the Cherrybark Oak’s lumber has a high commercial value, most often capitalized for the construction of furniture and interior finish.

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