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Quercus pagoda

Common Name(s):
Cherry bark oak, Cherrybark oak
Categories:
Native Plants, Trees
Comment:

The Quercus pagoda or Cherrybark oak is a deciduous tree that may grow 60 to 90 feet fall.  The bark is initially smooth but develops small scaly ridges with are quite rough.

Regions:  Piedmont, Coastal Plains

Seasons of Interest:

          Bloom:  Spring    Fruit/Seed/Nut:  Fall

Wildlife Value:  The Cherrybark Oak is moderately resistant to damage from deer.  It is a host plant for the Banded Hairstreak, Edwards' Hairstreak, Gray Hairstreak, White-M Hairstreak Horace's Duskywing and the Juvenal's Duskywing butterflies.  The Acorns are eaten by woodpeckers, white-breasted nuthatches, blue jays, ducks, small mammals, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer and black bear.

 

Height:
60-90 ft.
Flower:
In the spring, the Cherrybark oak produces small, yellow-green, cylindrical, male flowers. Its small, green, female spikes also mature. This tree produces a 1/2" acorn with an orange-brown, hairy, scaly cap that covers about 1/3 of the nut. The acorn requires two growing seasons to reach maturity.
Habit:
Deciduous
Fruit:
Acorn
Tags:
butterfly, flowers, deciduous, wildlife, deer resistant

NCCES plant id: 3177

Quercus pagoda Form
Bruce Kirchoff, CC BY - 2.0
Quercus pagoda Leaves
Bruce Kirchoff, CC BY - 2.0
Quercus pagoda Upper side of leaf
Bruce Kirchoff, CC BY - 2.0
Quercus pagoda Under side of leaf
Bruce Kirchoff, CC BY - 2.0
Quercus pagoda Acorns
Bruce Kirchoff, CC BY - 2.0
Quercus pagoda Buds
Bruce Kirchoff, CC BY - 2.0