Quercus nigra

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Quercus nigra
  • COMMON NAME: Water Oak
  • FAMILY: Fagaceae
  • NATIVITY: Mid-south, coastal plain and piedmont
  • GROWTH HABIT: 50-80’ (100’)
  • HARDINESS:  USDA Zone 6 to 9
  • OPTIMUM GROWING CONDITIONS:  Low wet woods and floodplains, well adapted to compacted soils, full sun
  • SUCCESSIONAL STATUS: Climax
  • FACULTATIVE STATUS: Facultative
  • LANDSCAPE VALUE:  Wildlife value, fine texture, and dimorphic leaves
  • FOLIAGE:   Alternate, simple, dimorphic in age.  Older leaves tend to have three lobes.
  • BUDS:  Buds are very small and pointed, imbricately scaled.
  • BARK:  Bark is weak and often darker in color and furrowed.
  • FRUIT:  Acorn
  • PESTS: None serious
University of Delaware

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