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PlantFiles: Overcup Oak
Quercus lyrata

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

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.


over 40 ft. (12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

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

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
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
Provides winter interest

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:
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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

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive escambiaguy 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.

Neutral TREEHUGR 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.

Neutral mystic 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.


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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