Water Oak (Quercus nigra)
[ Trees > Hardwoods > Oaks . . . ] Forest Type: Southern Mixed Hardwood
by Michael Kuo
Habitat: Usually in moist to wet areas; southeastern United States; often found with sweetgum.
Stature: 50-100 feet high; trunk to 2 feet in diameter; with a rounded crown.
Leaves: 2-6 inches long; very variable but usually shaped like funky spatula blades with 3 loosely defined lobes--but sometimes with 3-7 well defined, deeply cut lobes; dark bluish green above; paler below.
Bark: Gray to black; furrowed and widely ridged in age.
Acorns: Bitter; more or less round; nearly black; to 2/3 of an inch long; enclosed at the base in a shallow cup with hairy scales.
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Kuo, M. (2010, November). Water oak (Quercus nigra). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/quercus_nigra.html