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Swamp White Oak

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 60 - 70 Feet
  • Mature Spread 60 - 70 Feet
  • Growing Zones 3 - 8

Swamp White Oak, or Quercus Bicolor, can be found in swamps and in low-lying areas. Don’t let the name fool you because this impressive tree can live in many different settings outside the swamp. It is a long-living, tall, shade tree that can be enjoyed for generations after it’s planted. It can live up to three hundred years. It makes a great shade tree, and foraging animals love it for its acorns.

The Swamp White Oak has dark-green leaves 3 to 7 inches long that turn yellow-bronze and reddish purple in the fall. It yields 1 inch oblong acorns for the critters to eat. It matures at 50 to 60 feet tall and 50 to 60 feet wide with an oval shape. The Swamp White Oak prefers to be in full sunlight, but gives you plenty of shade. Despite having swamp in its name, it tolerates compacted soil, salt exposure, and drought.  

Swamp White Oak Care

When you plant a Swamp White Oak tree, plan on enjoying it for a long time. Since it will become a large tree, don’t plant it under power lines or next to buildings. It prefers soil that is naturally acidic and moist. For best growth, make sure to keep the soil moist to wet, and protected with 3 inches of mulch. A tree and shrub fertilizer can be applied along the tree’s drip line to access the roots.

Swamp White Oaks are low-maintenance trees. Pruning should be done when the trees are dormant in winter or early spring. When pruning you do not want to leave a stub, but be careful not to cut into the branch collar or branch ridge bark or damage to the tree may occur. Remove lower branches to your preferred height and any dead or diseased branches.

Swamp White Oak Spacing

When placing this tree in the landscape, measure 40 feet between other trees or structures. Many things can be planted under the Swamp White Oak, but remember, it will eventually shade the area underneath. Shade-friendly plants make the best companions for this towering giant.

Swamp White Oak Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 - 8
Plant Type: Trees
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 60 - 70 Feet
Mature Spread: 60 - 70 Feet
Spacing: 60 - 70 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Description:
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Dark Green Foliage With Silver Backing
Seasonal Interest: Fall Interest
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Drought
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Container Role:
Uses: Specimen or Focal Point, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Native to North America
Common Name: Swamp White Oak
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: QUERCUS BICOLOR

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