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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Quercus nigra

Water Oak, Paddle Oak

Scientific Name:

Quercus nigra

Genus:

Quercus

Species Epithet:

nigra

Common Name:

Water Oak, Paddle Oak

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Fagaceae (Beech Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

72-100 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow, Green, Brown

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

April

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Bottomland forests, especially on levees or second terraces where flooded infrequently and for short periods, less commonly on mesic slopes. Common and widespread in the NC Coastal Plain and the southeastern third of the Piedmont. Fairly common in the central Piedmont, but rare in the remainder of the Piedmont and the southern mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Tree is short-lived and has weak limbs.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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