cherrybark oak
Quercus pagoda

Cherrybark oak is a highly desirable timber species common to moist bottomlands in the U.S. southeast. Cherrybark oak often grows large and straight, and provides hard, strong wood. It also produces acorns for wildlife and makes a fine shade tree.

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Timber Value

      Cherrybark oak is used for for interior finish carpentry, furniture, and flooring.


Wildlife Value
      Cherrybark acorns make up at least 10% of the diet of many species of mammals and birds.
          Attracts: squirrels, raccoons, deer, turkeys, bluejays, woodpeckers, wood ducks, nuthatches

Regeneration methods
      Cherrybark oak is intolerant of shade and requires clearcut, seed-tree, or group selection methods for regeneration. Competition should be removed early in the rotation.

Fun facts
Often considered Quercus falcata var. pagodifolia, a variant of southern red oak. Its heavy strong wood and good form make it a highly sought-after timber tree.
Quercus: Latin name / pagoda: leaf shaped like a pagoda
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