Quercus nigra Fagaceae
Water Oak, Possum Oak KWER-kus NI-gra
- Broadleaf deciduous tree, 50-80(100) ft (15-24(30) m) tall, rounded form. Leaves alternate,
simple, 3–12 cm long and 2–6 cm wide, often obovate and 3-lobed at the apex, but variable in shape and size,
margins usually smooth, but a bristle at the apex and lobe tips. Acorns small, about 12 mm or less,
with striated black and brown bands.
- Sun, adaptabe on moist to wet soils, transplants readily.
- Native to the southeastern US, from Delaware south to Georga and central Florida, and west to
Louisiana and eastern Texas and Oklahoma.
- nigra: black.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: young tree northeast of Benton Hall.