Friday, March 8, 2019
Cherrybark Oak - Quercus pagoda
Cherrybark Oak - Quercus pagoda, is most easily recognized by the combination of leaves with 5-11 marginal lobes and hairy lower surface, large buds and bark that is very similar to that of a Black Cherry. It is a deciduous tree, potentially reaches heights of 60-80 feet tall. Growing in an erect upright fashion with a single trunk which is generally clear of branches on the trunk. The Cherrybark Oak prefers a bottomland, floodplain forest, lower slopes, river beds and other areas that are subject to periodic flooding. The Overcup Oak is another Oak that is commonly found growing in the same habitat areas, however they are not very similar in appearance having very different leaves and acorns.
Image Citation: Brian Lockhart, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
The leaves of Cherrybark Oak are alternate, simple, ovate or elliptic to nearly obvate. The upper leaf surface is lustrous and dark green in color hairy when immature. The lower leaf surface is paler and densely hairy and soft to the touch. The fruit is in the form of an acorn with a cup that is 3-7 mm deep, brown in color, rounded and striped. This is one of the largest and fastest growing of all the Southern Oaks.