Plants for Summer: Trees


Quercus stellata

Common name: Post Oak
Zones of hardiness: 5 to 9
Height & width: 40 to 50’ on average, but can reach up to and over 100’
Leaves: alternate, simple, obovate, low gloss and cross-shaped, with 2 to 3 pairs of lobes; 4 to 8” long and 3 to 4” wide
Origin: Eastern United States

The Post Oak is more often found in natural habitats (especially in southern States) than in urban environments, and is not a widely used plant for landscaping. Its medium size distinguishes it as a smaller oak tree, yet it makes up for lack of height and width in density. A low maintenance species, Post Oak will grow in sandy and silty soils with exposure to full sun.