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Quercus nigra/Water Oak

Quercus nigra / Quercus nigra
Large mature tree
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Large mature tree

Leaves hold until mid winter

Summer growth

Close-up image of the spatular-shaped leaves

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Scientific Name: Quercus nigra
Common Name: Water Oak
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: over 50 feet
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: High
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants that Attract Birds
Comments: Water oaks develop a broad, rounded, symmetrical crowns and grow rapidly and mature quickly. They drop lower branches, starting at a relatively young age, and continue throughout their life time. Water oaks are messy trees and should not be planted over structures and should not be used as street trees or in typical home landscapes. Good for firewood and provide wildlive food, but only produce acorns every two years.