OAK, WATER Possum Oak, Duck Oak, Spotted Oak
Quercus nigra (KWER-kus NI-gra)
Deciduous to semi evergreen Sun Height 50 - 80 feet Spread 30- 50- feet Spacing 20- 50- feet
HABIT: Large growing and spreading shade tree. The leaves are spoon-shaped, persistent, and sometimes evergreen. Some trees will be completely deciduous and other almost totally evergreen. Weak fall color varies from yellow to brown.
CULTURE: Likes moist, neutral-to-acid soils and can be even grown in waterlogged, oxygen-deficient soils where other trees would have a great problem.
USES: Shade tree.
PROBLEMS: This tree needs plenty of moisture and neutral-to-acid soils. It will not grow well in the alkaline black and white soils of north and central Texas.
NOTES: Laurel oak Quercus laurifolia is similar in appearance and adaptability and is often found growing near water oak.