North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Water Oak, Quercus nigra

  • Deciduous
  • Native to: sometimes found in NC Piedmont, but mostly Coastal Plain
  • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Growth Rate: rapid
  • Mature Size: up to 100' tall, spreading
  • Moisture Requirements: likes moist soils, frequently found growing next to water
  • Exposure: full sun
  • Soil: moist, well drained soils
  • Wildlife Benefits: acorns provide food for many animals such as squirrels, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey
  • Container Size/Price: 5 gallon, $15
       Water Oak Leaves

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Water Oak Acorns

Photos courtesy of Will Cook