TREASURE TREES

#017 Overcup Oak (Quercus lyrata)

This Overcup Oak is located in a crucial wetland area near McDowell Nature Preserve. In June 1988, severe lightning damage was noted and the tree is currently in very poor condition. Due to the condition of the tree, measurements for height and crown spread are estimated. For information on how Brett Dupree found this tree, please read this WFAE article.

Statistics (1994/2020)

  • Circumference (In.): 154/130
  • Height (Ft.): 108/75
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 71/60
  • Total Points: 280/220

More Information

  • Nominated By: J. F. Matthews
  • Year Added: 1994
  • Owned By: City of Charlotte
  • Current condition: Poor
  • Neighborhood: Near McDowell Nature Preserve
  • Property Type: Private Property
  • Nearest Address: Private Property
  • Ecological Value: An Overcup Oak is known for thriving in areas that periodically flood. Overcup Oak acorns have a characteristic acorn cup that encompasses ⅔ of the nut. This gives the acorns buoyancy in floodwaters. They are very rare around Charlotte.
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