Overcup Oak (Quercus lyrata) is a member of the white oak family group. The Overcup Oak is one of the most tolerant of all oak trees. The Overcup Oak gets its name from its fruit, acorns that are mostly concealed by an exterior cup instead of a cap that sits on the top of the acorn like a hat. This white oak is a slow-growing tree, taking up to 3 decades to mature. The Overcup Oak is native to coastal areas in the south-central United States, like New Jersey and Texas, as well as inland states like Oklahoma, Missouri, and Illinois. Its leaves are a glossy dark green, said to be shaped like a lyre, an ancient Greek stringed instrument, a detail that lends itself to the Overcup Oak’s scientific name Quercus lyrata. Source.
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Photos taken at Old Town April 2021, June 2021 and 2022.