Water Oak Quercus nigra Linnaeus    
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Fagales   >   Family Fagaceae   >   Genus Quercus   

Status:

Distributed from New Jersey south to Florida, west to Texas, and north to Missouri.

Description:

Leaves are distinctive because they are abruptly widened near the tip. Water Oak is a member of the Red Oak Group although its leaves are scarcely bristle-tipped.

Where to find:

Grows mainly on the Coastal Plain. Found in maritime forests and dune woodlands, various sandy habitats, also in wet alluvial areas, and successional and disturbed habitats (Weakley, et al. 2012).

Relationships:

Host plant for various moth species including Tephra Tussock Moth (Database of World's Lepidopteran Host Plants).

There are 238 records in the project database.

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The leaves of a Water Oak found growing in Dorchester Co., Maryland (6/2/2012). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Water Oak with acorns in Wicomico Co., Maryland (9/2/2012). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A large Water Oak in Wicomico Co., Maryland (12/28/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Water Oak in Wicomico Co., Maryland (11/11/2018). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Water Oak in Wicomico Co., Maryland (9/22/2017). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Water Oak in Caroline Co., Maryland (8/31/2016). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Water Oak in Wicomico Co., Maryland (11/11/2018). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Water Oak with acorns in Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/29/2016). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Water Oak with acorns in Wicomico Co., Maryland (10/11/2019). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

The buds of a Water Oak in Wicomico Co., Maryland (12/28/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Water Oak in Caroline Co., Maryland (4/13/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Flowering Water Oak in Dorchester Co., Maryland (4/20/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Water Oak blooming in Wicomico Co., Maryland (5/5/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Water Oak in Caroline Co., Maryland (5/18/2019). (c) Katja Schulz, some rights reserved (CC BY). Photo by Katja Schulz via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Water Oak in Wicomico Co., Maryland (5/4/2019). (c) Ashley M Bradford, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Ashley Bradford. (MBP list)


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