Overcup Oak

Quercus lyrata

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Overcup Oak (Quercus lyrata) at Snavely's Garden Corner

Overcup Oak

Overcup Oak

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  50 feet

Spread:  40 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4b


A decidedly aristocratic tree with a pyramidal to oval habit of growth from youth to old age, upturning branches that require little maintenance pruning; as a native of swampy sites it tolerates periodic flooding and wet locations but quite adaptable

Ornamental Features

Overcup Oak has dark green foliage throughout the season. The glossy lobed leaves turn an outstanding harvest gold in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. However, the fruit can be messy in the landscape and may require occasional clean-up.

Landscape Attributes

Overcup Oak is a deciduous tree with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting squirrels to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy

Overcup Oak is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Overcup Oak will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 100 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

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Fall Color  Plant Form  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features