Overcup Oak Tree

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Beautifully Symmetrical, Hardwood Overcup Oak

  • Symmetrical Canopy Has a Formal Look
  • Very Strong Wood
  • Four Seasons of Interest
  • Historical and Wildlife Importance
  • Ecological Garden Design
  • Native Tree

This native hardwood tree has a lot going for it. It's starting to become better known, and for good reason! Nature Hills is excited to offer the long-lived Overcup Oak tree (Quercus lyrata). Simply put, this is a magnificent native tree.

A member of the White Oak group, this tree is an upright Oak variety. It has a straight trunk and a balanced canopy. Strong, uniform branching structure looks great all year long. The lower branches are held at an upward tilt, which gives great clearance underneath and reduces pruning requirements.

You'll appreciate the formal look of the Overcup Oak. It appears tidy in the landscape, and provides wonderful, deep shade with long, leathery leaves.

This very sturdy shade tree will thrive in a wide variety of soil conditions. It can even handle periodically flooded and dry conditions, as well as tough urban conditions.

The name Overcup comes from the acorn cup that encloses almost all of the acorn cap. Brilliantly feathered birds such as Blue Jays, ducks and woodpeckers adore the small acorns. Generally, trees begin to produce acorns at about 15 years old.

This tree provides year-round visual interest with highly textured, brilliant reddish or gray brown bark, accented by vertical fissures. The dark green leaves are lighter green below, creating summer shimmer in the breeze. They'll deepen into a rich, coppery red in autumn. Fall color comes on earlier than most other Oaks and the tree drops its leaves early in the fall.

The Overcup Oak tree has helped build America. For centuries, people have logged it for its strong wood. How wonderfulto own a piece of living history!

This tree is a rising star in home landscaping. Order yours today!

How to Use Overcup Oak in the Landscape

Overcup Oak grows with a straight trunk and balanced canopy. This makes it a great choice for a front yard or patio shade tree. Position it carefully to block the rays of the hot afternoon sun.

Tolerant of wet or even standing water, the Overcup Oak is found naturally in bottomland swampy soils or along creeks and streams. In more recent years, the Overcup Oak is often cited for its ability to tolerate long periods of drought and is becoming a recommended tree for dry landscapes.

This versatile tree is wonderful in a variety of ecologically design landscapes - both wet and dry.

Establish a grove on the side of a Rain Garden or swale in a more ecologically designed landscape where water capture is desired. Use in dry landscapes. Overcup Oak trees can create a wildlife habitat on land where most Oak species cannot survive.

#ProPlantTips for Care

This variety is much easier to transplant than other, more fragile White Oak varieties. It will tolerate partial shade but requires a minimum of 8 hours of sun a day.

For best results, select a full sun location and be careful to check soil pH to make sure that the soil is acidic.

Slow to moderate growth rate means very little maintenance is required and little pruning is necessary once the tree is established. The tree is disease resistant and reported to be deer resistant, as well.

Experts believe that this great variety is underused where it is adapted. Growing in zones 5 - 9 would suggest that there are plenty of landscape situations where the Overcup Oak would be perfectly suited. It will fit into a wide variety of landscapes.

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Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Overcup Oak Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Quercus lyrata
Mature Height 45 - 65 feet
Mature Spread 35 - 40 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Green
Foliage Green
Fall Color Orange
Pollinator Friendly Yes