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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Quercus stellata [= Quercus villosa]

Post Oak, Iron Oak

Scientific Name:

Quercus stellata [= Quercus villosa]

Genus:

Quercus

Species Epithet:

stellata

Common Name:

Post Oak, Iron Oak

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Fagaceae (Beech Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

36-72 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Red, Yellow, Green, Brown

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

April

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Upland forests and woodlands, especially in clay or rocky soils and in communities at least formerly exposed to fire. Essentially common throughout the state, but as with many oaks it is scarce to locally absent in the far eastern counties near Albemarle Sound. A few counties in the northern mountains appear to lack records, though it likely is present at the lowest elevations in such counties, near the Blue Ridge Escarpment.

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:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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