Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

CHERRYBARK OAK
Quercus pagoda
Fagaceae

Leaves are simple, alternate and deciduous with 5-11 bristle-tipped lobes, prominent basal lobes and a pagoda shape to some observers. Bark is gray and fairly smooth on young trees, and darker and flaky on older trees, similar to black cherry. Terminal buds are reddish with varying degrees of pubescence. Fruit is an acorn 1-inch long which matures in two seasons. The cap covers up to 1/2 of the acorn. Form is up to 39 m (130 ft) in height and 1.5 m (5 ft) in diameter with a long stright bole. Cherrybark oak is found on bottomland sites in the south and south central U.S. and is intolerant of shade. The wood is used for flooring and furniture. Acorns eaten by game birds, deer, bear and many small mammals.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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