Overcup Oak
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Overcup Oak Quercus lyrata

  • Overcup Oak - Quercus lyrata
  • Overcup Oak - Quercus lyrata

Average Shipping Height: 3' - 4'
Item #3437
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    3' - 4'
    Member Price $9.99
    Reg. Price $13.99
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The Overcup Oak grows in zones 5-9.
The overcup oak tree is a long-lived, very sturdy shade tree that will thrive in a wide range of soils. Long overlooked by growers, the tree is gaining popularity and has been made more readily available for home landscapes. Its size, shape, adaptability, and hardiness make it an excellent street tree.

  • Is hardy enough for difficult urban settings
  • Displays reddish or gray-brown bark
  • Features uniform branches and rounded shape
  • Will be delivered at a height of 2'–3'

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Sun Preference

Full Sun, Partial Shade,

Soil Preference

Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Sandy, Well-drained, Wet,

Wildlife Value

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 white-tailed 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.

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