Quercus nigra ~ Water Oak-ServeScape
Quercus nigra ~ Water Oak-ServeScape
Quercus nigra ~ Water Oak-ServeScape
Quercus nigra ~ Water Oak-ServeScape
Quercus nigra ~ Water Oak-ServeScape
Quercus nigra ~ Water Oak-ServeScape

Water Oak

Quercus nigra

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    (Mon/Wed/Fri 11am-4pm - 3708 N Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA)
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Planning to install this yourself? We recommend a size 15 Gallon or smaller for DIY installations. These sizes do not require any offloading equipment.
Any tree or shrub that is sized by HEIGHT or CAL (Caliper- size where the trunk meets the root flare) is delivered with a large root ball wrapped in burlap (B&B). They are typically 1000+ LBS per plant. They will require heavy equipment to install. Installation is not included in the price of the plant. We highly recommend adding the ServeScape ‘One-Click’ Installation service (must be added at the cart page) for material of this size, or working with a contractor that can provide equipment for installation.

For any tree or shrub that is sized larger than 10’ HEIGHT or 3” CAL, the customer will be required to provide offloading equipment or a contractor to offload unless paying for installation through ServeScape. We will coordinate delivery with you so that your contractor can have equipment ready upon your plant's arrival!

Water Oak is a large natives semi-evergreen tree with a conical to broad rounded crown, and a slender straight trunk.  The narrow 3-lobed dull blue-green foliage with paler undersides turn coppery gold or red in fall and may persist through most of winter in the south.  The nearly black acorns have flat scaly cups and take two growing seasons to mature.  Best grown in full sun and medium to wet rich well-drained acidic soils. 

Quercus nigra supports a wide variety of moths and butterflies, including: the Imperial Moth, Banded Hairstreak, Edward's Hairstreak, Gray Hairstreak, White-M Hairstreak, Horace’s Duskywing, and the Juvenal’s Duskywing. 




Southeast N. America; GA Native


50’ - 80’


40’ - 60’



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

6 - 9


Full Sun, Part Sun

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MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low Maintenance.  Water Oak is notoriously weak wooded and becomes more susceptible to trunk canker and rots with age.  Susceptible to a large number of diseases, including oak wilt, chestnut blight, shoestring root rot, anthracnose, oak leaf blister, cankers, leaf spots and powdery mildew. Potential insect pests include scale, oak skeletonizer, leaf miner, galls, oak lace bugs, borers, caterpillars and nut weevils.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensNaturalized AreasWildlife Gardens Privacy Screen, and Shade Tree.

COMPANION PLANTS: Crape MyrtleServiceberryMagnolia

IMAGES:  Michael WolfQuercus nigra HabitusCC BY-SA 3.0,  (2) Krzysztof Ziarnek, KenraizQuercus nigra kz1CC BY-SA 4.0, (3) Michael WolfQuercus nigra LaubCC BY-SA 3.0, (4) Homer Edward PriceWater-Oak-catkins (2882861283)CC BY 2.0, (5) Famartin2019-11-29 12 36 23 A Water Oak turning yellow in late autumn along White Barn Lane in the Franklin Farm section of Oak Hill, Fairfax County, VirginiaCC BY-SA 4.0

*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown

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