Mid-south, coastal plain and piedmont
Conical to round-topped outline.
Low wet woods and floodplains, well adapted to compacted soils, full sun
Water Oak is adaptable to many conditions but it is weak wooded and thus more likely to crack in wind, snow and ice than other oaks. Has great wildlife value, fine texture, and dimorphic leaves
Alternate, simple, dimorphic in age. Older leaves tend to have three lobes.
Buds are very small and pointed, imbricately scaled.
Bark is weak and often darker in color and furrowed.
Insignificant monoecious flowers in separate male and female catkins appear in spring.
Seed requires about 105 days of combined stratification and germination time for maximum germination.