The Overcup Oak grows in acidic, loamy, sandy, well drained, wet, clay soils.
The Overcup Oak tree is a long-lived, very sturdy shade tree that will thrive in a wide variety of soil conditions. Long overlooked by growers, the tree is just starting to be more popular and thus more readily available for home landscapes.
An important tree in difficult urban landscaping situations with uniform branching forming a rounded shape with an open crown. The Overcup Oak has brilliant reddish or gray brown bark and displays leathery dark green leaves in summer. Fall color is a rich yellow-brown. Easy to transplant and tolerates most soil conditions and partial shade to full sun. Grows 45'-70' with a 45' spread. (Zones 5-9)
Overcup oak acorns are at the top of the food preference list for squirrels and smaller rodents as well as larger animals such as wild turkeys, hogs and whitetail deer.
This is a native tree found in the swampland of the Atlantic coast. The first scientific observations concerning the species were made in 1786. The Overcup Oak, so named for its acorn cap that covers almost the entire fruit, was heavily logged for its strong wood. Where found in protected forests, the tree appears to thrive in low-lands and swampy areas, but has been grown successfully in arid regions and in a wide range of soil conditions, making it an excellent urban street tree.
Can withstand wet soil conditions, but will do better in well-drained areas.
The leaves alternate, simple, obviate-oblong, 6 to 8 inches long. Dark green top with white underside.
Brown, faded flower color. Not noteworthy.
The fruit is round, 3/4 inch to 1" diameter, the cap almost completely covers the nut.