Overcup Oak


Overcup Oak (Quercus lyrata) is named for its distinctive acorns, which are almost entirely enclosed by the cup. This tree is a marvel of nature, with its broad leaves and sturdy stature. It thrives in wetter soils, making it perfect for areas near water bodies. Its resilience to flooding and its captivating appearance make it a top choice for landscapers.

1-2′ Bareroot Seedling

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Environmental Requirements

Cold Tolerance: USDA Zone 5-9
Soil pH: 6.0-7.0
Soil Type: Well-drained
Water Requirements: Moderate, consistent moisture
Sunlight Requirements: Full sun
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Heat Tolerance: Moderate
Chilling Hours: None

Size and Spacing

Plant Size: 40-60′ tall, 40-60′ wide
Plant Spacing: 40-60′ apart
Growth Habit: Upright, spreading
Rootstock: From Seed

Pollination and Flowering

Pollination Requirements: Monoecious, requires cross-pollination
Pollination Mechanisms: Wind
Bloom Time: April-May
Flower Color: Yellow-green

Fruit Characteristics

Nut Size: 1-1.5″
Nut Flavor: Mild, sweet
Nut/Husk Color and Appearance Light brown, smooth
Harvest Time: October-November
Yield & Storage: Moderate, store in a cool, dry place
Years to Bear: 20-30

Disease and Pest Susceptibility

Oak Wilt (Bretziella fagacearum): Moderately Susceptible
Anthracnose (Apiognomonia quercina): Moderately Resistant
Armillaria Root Rot (Armillaria mellea): Moderately Resistant
Powdery Mildew (Erysiphe alphitoides): Moderately Resistant
Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar): Moderately Resistant
Oak Leafroller (Archips semiferanus): Moderately Resistant

Additional Plant Characteristics

Growth Habit: Upright, spreading
Foliage Color: Dark green
Fall Color: Reddish-brown
Lifespan: 100-200 years

Additional Information

Toxicity: Non-toxic
Invasive Potential: Low
Native Range: Southeastern United States
Nitrogen Fixing: No