Oak, Cherrybark

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This tree is one of the 150 trees initially included in the arboretum to coincide with the campus's 150th anniversary celebration.

Scientific Name:
Quercus pagoda


Native to:
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain, from southeastern Virginia to northwestern Florida; west to eastern Texas; and north in the Mississippi Valley to extreme

Mature Height and Width:
50-80 feet by 40-60 feet, can reach over 100 feet high

Additional Notes:
Cherrybark oak stands out among the southern red oaks for its tendency to grow straight and tall and produce wood with an especially attractive grain.  The species is associated with soils of good quality and much land that could otherwise be growing cherrybark oak is presently used for agriculture.  Its bark resembles that of the native black cherry.