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Florida 4-H Forest Ecology

Florida 4-H Forest Ecology

Water Oak

Quercus nigra
Family: Fagaceae

Natural History

Leaves of water oak | Photo credit: Chris Evans, Illinois Wildlife Action Plan,

The water oak - also known as spotted oak or possum oak - is a fast grower and reproducer. Therefore, it is often the most abundant species in its stands.

It is a relatively short-lived tree compared to other oaks, and may live only 60 to 80 years.

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