Post Oak - Quercus stellata Beech Family (Fagaceae)

Oak trees will attract a variety of birds, moths, butterflies and mammals to your yard, providing them with food and shelter.1

Post oak is a valuable contributor to wildlife food and cover. Acorns provide high energy food during fall and winter and are considered important in the diet of wild turkey, white-tailed deer, squirrels, and many other rodents. When acorns are available animals fatten quickly, go through the winter in good condition, and are most likely to produce healthy young. Leaves are used for nest building by birds, squirrels, and raccoons. Cavities provide nests and dens for various birds and mammals.2

The acorn of the post oak reaches 1″ in length and has a relatively deep cup, which can cover half the acorn. The cup has many overlapping triangular thin scales.3