Water Oak

Quercus nigra

A large tree growing to 70′ plus, symmetrical rounded crown.

Leaves: deciduous, alternate, simple, dull green on top, paler beneath.

Flowers: Spring, male catkins are 2 to 3 inches in length, female in short spikes.

Fruit: Single or paired, acorn is about 1/2″ long.

Twigs: smooth, slender dark red with reddish brown, sharp pointed terminal bud.

Bark: Smooth, light brown to dark grayish black, wide scaly ridges as tree matures.

Comments: Fast growing, transplants easily, popular ornamental shade tree and tolerates poor drainage soils.

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