overcup oak Fagaceae Quercus lyrata
Leaf:Alternate, simple, 6 to 10 inches long, roughly oblong in shape with a highly variable margin that has 5 to 9 lobes with irregular sinuses. The underside is white and pubescent.
Flower:Species is monoecious; male flowers are green, borne in naked catkins, 2 to 4 inches long; female flowers reddish single spikes, appearing with the leaves.
Fruit:Acorns are 1/2 to 1 inch long, round and almost entirely covered by the warty and unfringed cap, maturing in 1 year, ripening in fall.
Twig:Slender and gray, glabrous - very closely resembling white oak. Buds are small, ovoid and light chestnut brown in color; end buds are clustered.
Bark:Gray-brown and scaly, often with irregular plates, again resembling white oak.
Form:A medium sized tree with generally poor, twisted form. However, the crown is pyramidal/oval and later rounded.