Overcup Oak
Quercus lyrata

Family: Fagaceae (fag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Quercus (KWER-kus) (Info)
Species: lyrata (ly-RAY-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Deciduous

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Atmore, Alabama

Benton, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Vacherie, Louisiana

Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

Saucier, Mississippi

Lincoln, Nebraska

Morehead City, North Carolina

Inman, South Carolina

Dickson, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Sep 15, 2007, escambiaguy from Atmore, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Although naturally found on low moist sites, this tree will also perform well on moist upland sites. We have a few of these trees growing in our town park and they survive the droughts with no problem. Overcup oak has a nice form with a rounded canopy. The acorns resemble those of Bur oak.

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On Dec 24, 2004, TREEHUGR from Now in Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Found almost always mesic, poorly drained sites / wetlands. Here in Florida, it's native range includes mostly the panhandle region.

I guess the reason for the name varies... My source the word lyrata refers to lyre shaped leaves.

Rounded growth shape. Fall leaf colors vary, yellow, red, brown.



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On Sep 14, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This tree grows in wet areas and is often found growing in standing water in forests. The acorn cap almost completely covers the acorn cup.That's where the name Overcup Oak comes from.