Quercus lyrata

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

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Overcup Oak


Plant Specifics

Size:40-60 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Fruit Color:Brown
Habitats:Bottomland floodplains and inundated river levees, lake swamps, rarely on non-wetland portions of floodplains.


Recommended Uses:Shade tree.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely 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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Clay, Loam



  • 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.