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 lyrata
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Yellow-brown
Bloom: Yellowish-green
Bloom Time: April to May
Shape: Irregular to round
Bark: Gray to brown and smooth
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 6 to Zone 9
Size: 50 to 80 feet
Spread: 35 to 50 feet
Care: Medium to wet, well drained soil

Sometimes called “Swamp Post Oak”, “Swamp White Oak”, or “Water White Oak”, the Overcup Oak is, as its names imply, a wetland-favoring member of the white oak subgroup belonging to the Fagaceae family. Quercus Lyrata is native to lowland wetlands of the south central and eastern United States; cultivated in a similar light, it is often planted to improve soil erosion, to provide a habitat and food source for a rich variety of wetland wildlife, and for bottomland restoration.

A mature Overcup Oak can optimally grow up to 50-80 ft. with an irregular or rounded crown; its span reaches an approximate 35-50 ft. This specimen favors medium to wet, well-drained soils and prefers access to fun sun; it has a 6-9 hardiness zone rating. The Overcup Oak’s deciduous foliage is dark green, with alternate and variably structured leaves that are usually wedge-shaped and intensely lobed. Its monoecious catkins bloom from April to May, later giving way to cap-enclosed acorns (from which this tree’s name was derived) that are known to attract a large spectrum of wildlife such as deer, wild hogs, ducks, and squirrels. In the autumn, the Overcup Oak’s foliage transitions to opulent shades of golden-brown, though some specimens are known to feature pigments of copper and red; these add much-needed and delightful splashes of color to the tree’s backdrop of smooth gray-brown bark.

Long-lived, sturdy, shady, and vibrant, the Overcup Oak has been acknowledged as an excellent urban street tree. It has recently gained attention and popularity as a fine specimen for home landscapes as well. Given the tree’s tolerance for flooding, poorly drained soils, and cold temperatures, the Overcup Oak is an extremely popular choice for wetland ecosystems. With its graceful elliptic leaves and colorful, thick autumn foliage, this species is alternatively planted as an ornamental and shade tree.

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