Quercus nigra
(Water Oak)

 
“   Water Oak   ” by    Katja Schulz    is licensed under    CC BY 2.0

Water Oak” by Katja Schulz is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“   Water-Oak-Leaves   ” by    Homer Edward Price    is licensed under    CC BY 2.0

Water-Oak-Leaves” by Homer Edward Price is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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.

“   Quercus nigra   ” by    Bruce Kirchoff    is licensed under    CC BY 2.0

Quercus nigra” by Bruce Kirchoff is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“   Quercus nigra   ” by    Bruce Kirchoff    is licensed under    CC BY 2.0

Quercus nigra” by Bruce Kirchoff is licensed under CC BY 2.0