Quercus lyrata

overcup oak


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: to 90 ft
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous


Recommended Uses: Shade tree.
Considerations: Falling/fallen acorns can be an issue.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Native nurseries
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Soil or other substrate: Clay, loam
Soil pH Range: Acidic


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
  • 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
Native Habitats: Bottomland floodplains and inundated river levees, lake swamps, rarely on non-wetland portions of floodplains.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Its acorn is large (about an inch long) and is nearly enclosed by its cup or receptacle--hence the name "overcup."