The Quercus Nigra
is commonly known as Duck Oak
, Orange Oak
, Pin Oak
, Possum Oak
, Punk Oak
, Spotted Oak
, Striped Oak
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Water oak occurs on the Southeastern Coastal Plain from southern New
Jersey and Delaware to southern Florida and west to eastern Texas. It
occurs north along the Mississippi Valley to southeastern Oklahoma,
Arkansas, Missouri, and southwestern Tennessee [50
The currently accepted scientific name of water oak is Quercus nigra L.
]. It has been placed within the subgenus Erythrobalanus or black
oak group. There are no recognized varieties, subspecies, or forms.
Water oak hybridizes with the following species [25
x Q. falcata (southern red oak) = Q. X garlandensis Palmer
x Q. incana (bluejack oak) = Q. X caduca Trel.
x Q. laevis (turkey oak) = Q. X walteriana Ashe
x Q. marilandica (blackjack oak) = Q. X sterilis Trel.
x Q. phellos (willow oak) = Q. X capesii W. Wolf
x Q. shumardii (Shumard oak) = Q. X neopalmeri Sudw.
x Q. velutina (black oak) = Q. X demarei Ashe
Water oak occurs primarily in bottomland forests. The following
published classifications list water oak as a dominant species:
The natural communities of South Carolina 
Forest vegetation of the lower Alabama Piedmont 
Eastern deciduous forest 
Forest associations in the uplands of the lower Gulf Coastal Plain 
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Much of the information presented here is attributed to:
Carey, Jennifer H. 1992. Quercus nigra. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online].
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service,
Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available at USDA Forest Service.