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Quercus alba

Native Plants

White Oak

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Summary

White oak is the national tree of the U.S. and a perfect candidate to serve as a backbone in the garden. With wide-spreading branches and the potential to reach 80’ tall, white oak is indeed a majestic species. The fall color of Quercus alba adorns this tree in enchanting shades of purple to wine-red. Additionally, it supports more species of wildlife than any other plant found in our forests. It prefers well-drained, neutral to acidic soils while still tolerating thin and dry conditions. White oak prefers full sun, eventually becoming an excellent shade tree and home to such companions as Cornus florida, Hydrangea quercifolia, Rhododendron maximum and Viburnum prunifolium.


More Details

  • Plant Type
    tree 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    mid-spring
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    green 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, orange, purple, red, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown