PlantsQuercus→White Oak (Quercus alba)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 60 feet to 80 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Fruit: Other: big acorns
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Other: Male flowers are drooping catkins while female flowers appear on short spikes in the leaf axils.
Flower Color: Other: Yellowish
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

full-grown tree in cemetery

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Location: My Yard Central IndianaDate: December 19, 2008Ice Storm Damage
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Location: My Yard Central IndianaDate: December 19, 2008Ice Storm Damage
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Location: My Yard Central IndianaDate: December 19, 2008Ice Storm Damage
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Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C. Date: 2008-02-12 3:05 pm. Leathery winter foliage.
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Location: Hibernia County Park in southeast PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-11-10maturing tree in fall
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Location: Thorndale, PennsylvaniaDate: 2013-12-24
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-06-13full-grown tree in cemetery
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-07-02full-grown tree
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Location: Stroud Land Preserve in southeast PADate: 2011-08-12full-grown tree
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Location: Stroud Land Preserve in southeast PADate: 2015-10-23full-grown tree in fall color
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-10-31full-grown tree in autumn color
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Location: Hibernia County Park in southeast PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-11-10fall foliage
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Location: French Creek State Park in southeast PennsylvaniaDate: 2009-12-24old tree in winter
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-01-31the gray scaly bark
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-06-13summer leaves
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Location: Thorndale, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-08-28acorns and summer foliage
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2012-03-16
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-10-25two oaks together in fall
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Location: Stroud Land Preserve in southeast PADate: 2015-10-23large trunk
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Location: the Lurie Garden in Chicago, IllinoisDate: 2010-08-16the acorns and foliage
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Location: near Malvern, PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-09-05acorns and foliage
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Location: Marsh Creek Lake Park in southeast PADate: 2018-01-18looking up a large trunk
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Location: Marsh Creek Lake Park in southeast PADate: 2018-01-18lower big trunk (on left side)
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 7, 2017 8:48 PM

White Oak is a common species as one of the climax forest trees in forest, but it sometimes does grow out in meadows or open fields from Maine to northwest Florida to east Texas up to central Minnesota over to a little of southeast Ontario. It is the state tree of Illinois. It grows about 1 foot/year for the first 30 years of its life, then slower and lives about 350 to 500 years. It has a deep taproot and is difficult to transplant, but it can be moved B&B in early spring. Some large diverse nurseries and native plant nurseries grow some for sale. Like other oaks, it is a host to many beneficial insect species that birds need to survive upon. The large acorns borne every year are eaten by birds and mammals. Like a number of other oaks, it is sensitive to any ground disturbance as construction nearby or a sudden change from forest to lawn. I consider it as the most glorious oak species in the world, and they are all good.

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 17, 2013 7:07 PM

The official state tree of Connecticut, Illinois and Maryland.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Severe Damage by TBGDN Feb 17, 2015 7:14 PM 3
Is this a young Northern Red Oak? by cinvasko Jan 11, 2021 8:24 PM 6
Is this Oak? by mawil05 Jul 6, 2020 9:08 PM 11
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Sapling Identification by JamesEHII Apr 9, 2020 8:12 AM 3
I don't know which oak species this is by henrisabatini Dec 24, 2019 12:48 PM 5
acorn id? by VEGAS702 Feb 22, 2018 2:34 AM 8
plant id by Jlombs22 Jul 31, 2017 9:31 PM 3
Tree ID by Jjkeswick Jun 19, 2017 6:33 AM 6
Please Identify this shrub by edkelley0 Apr 25, 2017 9:25 PM 6
Autumn leaves ID by Alexjoy Nov 19, 2016 6:49 PM 10

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