Water Oak (Quercus nigra)
A common tree, both in the wild and in our restoration projects, the water oak thrives in semi-wet to wet environments, thus the designation of Facultative-wetland (FACW) by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Some of these wet environments include forested wetlands and remnant swamps and floodplains in the Gulf South. This deciduous, acorn-producing tree has been planted by Delta a total of 712,293 times over the past ten years.
Easily identifiable by its spoon-like leaf, water oaks provide valuable habitat, cover, and food for many species of wildlife such as squirrels, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and various waterfowl. Water oak snags also make the perfect place for cavity nesters such as the red-bellied woodpecker.