Overcup Oak

Quercus lyrata

With its straight trunk and round top, the overcup oak is a relatively unknown small to medium-sized shade tree that fits well into many small yards in Washington D.C. The overcup gets its name from its shaggy, ornate acorn cap – and the acorns are highly valued by wildlife.

Size and Light Requirements

This tree needs full sun, and will reach approximately 30 feet in height in 40 years.

Plant This Tree

This tree is available through our residential planting program, RiverSmart Homes. You can also get up to $100 back for planting this tree yourself through our tree rebate program.

Find Another Tree

All the trees in this guide have been selected by Casey Trees and are well adapted to the soil and conditions present in Washington, DC.

Photo Credits

Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Pierre-Joseph Redouté 2