Quercus pagoda

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Cherrybark Oak


Plant Specifics

Size:60 - 90 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:Brown
Noted for:Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:Shade tree. This is a large oak.
Considerations:Fallen/falling acorns can be a maintenance issue.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- 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, Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



  • Acorns are eaten by woodpeckers, white-breasted nuthatches, blue jays, ducks, small mammals, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer and black bear
  • Provides cover to birds and squirrels for resting and nesting


Host plant for the banded hairstreak, Edwards' hairstreak, gray hairstreak, white-M hairstreak Horace's duskywing and the Juvenal's duskywing butterflies.

Other insect feeders include leafhoppers, aphids, treehoppers, lace bugs, plant bugs, leaf beetles, weevils, long-horned beetles, gall wasps, walkingsticks, and moth caterpillars

Native Habitats:Floodplains of large rivers, predominantly the greater Apalachicola River system.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Considered to be a valuable timber tree.
General Comments:The range map for this species suggests that it might occur in the ApalachicolaRiver floodplains even where it had not been documented.