Cherrybark Oak - 'Quercus pagodifolia'Cherrybark Oak is a native tree to the southeastern United States. With bark color similar to that of the black cherry tree, Cherrybark Oak is typically found in moist, low lands near bodies of water on flood and coastal plains. Achieving great heights, this tree is a wonderful deciduous shade tree candidate for landscaping. Originally classified as a subspecies Southern Red Oak, Quercus falcata, Cherrybark Oak is now classified separately because of its preference of wetter sites and small differences in the bark and leaf appearance. Cherrybark Oak provides nice red fall color and is relatively disease resistant. It also makes an excellent candidate for wildlife food plots because of its acorn production and is an excellent reforestation and timber tree known to live for centuries under the right conditions. With this in mind, Cherrybark Oaks make perfect candidates for reforestation programs such as the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and programs sponsored by the EPA.
|Common Name:||Cherrybark Oak|
||Deciduous Shade Tree|
||Leaves are alternate, simple, 6 to 7 inches long; margin with 5 to 11 lobes; top of lobes at right angles to the central vein, fairly evenly spaced and uniform in size, bristle-tipped, and notches between lobes shallow. Leaves are shiny dark green above, pale and with yellowish or grayish color below during the summer changing to reddish-brown in fall.|
||100 to 130 feet in height at maturity with 60 to 70 foot spread.|
||Zone 7 to 9. For an idea of your plant zone please visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.|
||A pyramidal tree becoming more spreading, much like Scarlet Oak, at maturity. This tree prefers open space.|
||Medium to fast.|
||Monoecious, appearing on the old or new growth; staminate catkins pendent, clustered. Flowers borne from February to May, depending on latitude.|
|Diseases & Insects:
||Anthracnose, basal canker, canker, leaf blister, leaf spots, powdery mildew, rust, twig blights, wilt, wood decay, shoe-string root rot, various galls, scales, yellow-necked caterpillar, pin oak sawfly saddleback caterpillar, oak skeletonizer, asiatic oak weevil, two-lined chestnut borer, flat headed borer, leaf miner, oak lace bug and oak mite; in spite of this inspiring list of pest, Oaks are durable, long-lived trees.|
||Cherrybark Oak is an excellent and extremely large shade tree for landscaping. With superior wood over other oaks used for pulp, fuel, veneer, cabinets, furniture, crates and boxes, this tree is also a wonderful addtion for wildlife plots as its acorns are eaten by many species of birds and mammals. An extremely large tree, Cherrybark Oak requires very open areas to reach its potential and under the right conditions can live for over a century.
||While it prefers wetter sites with loamy, well drained soil to attain a larger, statelier size, it can endure poor, dier soils. |
||Prune in winter and water transplants thoroughly and often.|
||Fertilize an area three times the canopy spread of the tree 1 to 2 times a year with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Only fertilize an established tree.
||Dig a hole three times the diameter of the root system, with a depth no deeper than the original soil line on trunk. Break up the soil to the finest consistency possible. Place plant in hole and fill, compacting the fill dirt. Water the plant heavily to seal soil around the roots and remove air pockets. Water well, and remember to water regularly until they have started to grow.