Water Oak – Quercus nigra

Location: 1522 Lyndale

Water Oak also known as possum oak is native to the Missouri bootheel and southern Illinois. It may not be reliably winter hardy in the St. Louis area. Typically it grows in lowland areas, floodplains and along streams and rivers. It grows best in acidic, wet soil, and is susceptible to diseases and winter storm damage.

It reaches a height of 50 to 80 feet and has a spread of 40 to 60 feet. It produces insignificant flowers in April, but acorns in fall are a source of food for wildlife.

Water oak is a weak-wooded tree that is susceptible to rot, and with oaks in general a large number of diseases and insect depredation. The leaves may not drop until later winter and may persist to spring in its southern range.

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