General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
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
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

Common names
  • White Oak
  • Northern white oak
  • Stave Oak
  • Ridge White Oak
  • Forked-leaf White Oak
  • Charter Oak
  • Oak

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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 7, 2017 8:48 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by robertduval14 (Milford, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 17, 2013 7:07 PM concerning plant:
    The official state tree of Connecticut, Illinois and Maryland.
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