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PlantFiles: Post Oak
Quercus stellata

Family: Fagaceae (fag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Quercus (KWER-kus) (Info)
Species: stellata (stell-AY-tuh) (Info)

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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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Good Fall Color

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rickwebb On Dec 17, 2013, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

Handsome tree, similar to White oak but with different leaves. A number grow in the dry, shallow soil of the serpentine barrens in Nottingham Park in southeastern Pennsylvania. I just don't see this tree growing everywhere. I see one in a parkway of a bank a few miles down the road. It is slow growing, about 6 to 9"/yr and develops a taproot so that regular nurseries don't grow it. It lives over 400 years.

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

Surprise! Yet another broad leafed, deciduous oak with big acorns that can be found growing in parts of Florida. This popular east coast shade tree is naturally occurring usually in wetlands around Ocala, Gainesville and of course the pan handle redion. It can be growth farther south with success.

Rounded mature growth shape to 30-70 feet. Slow growth. Brownish fall color.

Not only are the acorns used by wildlife, the leaves are used for birds' nests and tree cavities are homes to wildlife.

The post oak requires full sun.

Positive melody On Jul 1, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

One of the great hardwood oaks that grace this area. They get quite large...sometimes over 70 feet. The acorns are attractive to many types of wildlife that depend on the nuts for winter food.

Called 'Post' oak for the tradition of using the wood for fenceposts.

One of the easiest ways to identify the Post Oak is to look at the leaves. The leaves are lobed in such a way to resemble a Christian cross.


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

Atmore, Alabama
Pelham, Alabama
Huntington, Arkansas
Morrilton, Arkansas
Lecanto, Florida
Clarkesville, Georgia
Benton, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Piedmont, Missouri
Bucyrus, Ohio
Mcalester, Oklahoma
Medicine Park, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Ravia, Oklahoma
Tecumseh, Oklahoma
Tuttle, Oklahoma
Nottingham, Pennsylvania
Thorndale, Pennsylvania
Christiana, Tennessee
Denton, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Keene, Texas
Kurten, Texas
Whitesboro, Texas
Springfield, Virginia
Elmwood, Wisconsin

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