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Overcup Oak (Quercus lyrata)

Quercus lyrata, the overcup oak, is an oak in the white oak group. It is native to lowland wetlands in the eastern and south-central United States, in all the coastal states from New Jersey to Texas, inland as far as Oklahoma, Missouri, and Illinois. Quercus lyrata is a medium-sized deciduous tree, growing to 66 feet tall, with a trunk up to 31 inches in diameter, or rarely to 55 inches. The common name comes from the acorns being enclosed in a cup; the scientific name comes from the lyrate (lyre-shaped) leaves. The overcup oak’s wood is valuable, similar to that of other white oaks.   

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