White Oak (Quercus alba)

  • White Oak is a long-lived, slow-growing tree, reaching 60 to 100 feet in height with a spread of 50 to 90 feet. Old specimens can be massive, growing to be several hundred years old. Since trunks can be six feet in diameter leave plenty of room for this tree in the landscape.
  • The red fall color is fairly reliable year to year and is outstanding among the Oaks; Brown leaves may be held on the tree into the early part of the winter.
  • White Oak grows in full sun or partial shade and prefers an acid, moist, well-drained soil. Unfortunately, it is not readily available in the nursery trade and not well adapted to dry areas. Supply new transplants with plenty of water and mulch the area beneath the canopy to eliminate grass competition.

Information Source: Quercus alba: White Oak

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