Quercus lyrata

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Overcup Oak


Plant Specifics

Size:40-60 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:Brown
Noted for:-


Recommended Uses:Shade tree.
Considerations:Falling/fallen acorns can be an issue.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam
Soil pH:Acidic



  • Acorns appreciated by squirrels, deer, turkey, and other wildlife
  • Used by birds for resting and nesting
  • Said (by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlflower Center) to attract water fowl


Host plant for the White-M Hairstreak and Horace's Duskywing butterflies.

Native Habitats:Bottomland floodplains and inundated river levees, lake swamps, rarely on non-wetland portions of floodplains.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:Its acorn is large (about an inch long) and is nearly enclosed by its cup or receptacle--hence the name "overcup."