Cherrybark Oak Quercus pagoda Rafinesque    Synonyms: Pagoda Oak, Quercus falcata var. pagodifolia, Quercus pagodifolia.
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Fagales   >   Family Fagaceae   >   Genus Quercus   

Status:

"Cherrybark Oak (Pagoda Oak) is a massive, long-lived tree of bottomlands and mesic forests of the southeastern U.S. that reaches the northernmost limits of its range in the coastal plain of Maryland and vicinity." (R. Simmons, pers. comm.) Cherrybark Oak was formerly classified as a subspecies of Southern Red Oak.

Description:

The leaves of Cherrybark Oak have two to four, mostly triangular lobes, which are arranged at right angles to the leaf midrib. The bark somewhat resembles that of cherry.

Where to find:

Coastal Plain. There is an ancient Cherrybark Oak at Chapman Forest (Chapman State Park), Charles County, Maryland.

There are 25 records in the project database.

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The leaves of a Cherrybark Oak in Somerset Co., Maryland (6/24/2014). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

The bark of a Cherrybark Oak in Somerset Co., Maryland (6/24/2014). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Cherrybark Oak (leaves and trunk) in Worcester Co., Maryland (3/31/2018). Verified by Wes Knapp and Kevin Dodge. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

State champion Cherrybark Oak in Charles Co., Maryland. This old tree, more than 16 feet in circumference at breast height, is growing in Coastal Plain Dry Calcareous Forest, at the edge of an ancient, Pleistocene river terrace that is 100 feet high and was once a gravelly river bottom. Photo by Rod Simmons. (MBP list)

Cherrybark Oak in Dorchester Co., Maryland (2/25/2018). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Cherrybark Oak in Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/16/2019). (c) Charlie Davis, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Charlie Davis. (MBP list)

Cherrybark Oak in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/27/2020). (c) Wayne Longbottom, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)


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