- Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 50 - 80 Feet
- Mature Spread 50 - 80 Feet
- Growing Zones 3 - 9
With its stately size, attractive lobed foliage, and ease of care, the White Oak Tree (Quercus alba) is an excellent native shade tree choice. Oak Trees are some of the most valuable shade trees around, supporting hundreds of species of native butterflies and moths, providing food for wildlife, and helping cool our planet by sequestering carbon and providing oxygen! Slowly growing to a rounded 50-80 feet tall and wide, the vibrant green leaves of this deciduous tree turn a beautiful rusty orange in the fall, standing out against its shaggy, silvery-gray bark.
Once established, the White Oak needs little more care than occasional pruning and deep watering in periods of severe drought. As acorns are a primary food source for deer, the White Oak may attract herbivores, though the foliage tends to be left alone. Once mature, the White Oak provides a great deal of shade, perfect for cooling a home or yard in hotter climates. In addition, the White Oak is disease resistant and able to adapt to a variety of environments.
White Oak Tree Care
The White Oak grows well in average, neutral soil. Choose a spot that is at least 15 to 20 feet away from any structure or powerlines. This tree prefers to grow in full sun, although it tolerates part shade as well. To plant it, dig a hole that is at least twice the width and of equal depth as the root ball. In the tree’s first year, water it regularly and deeply, about once a week in the summer. Once established, the White Oak can survive on heavy rainfalls alone and will not need supplemental fertilizer. Mulching around the base of the tree will help the roots retain water in hotter, drier climates.
White Oaks are often chosen to be used in city parks and along alleyways and streets, which requires a bit more pruning and shaping. When used as a shade tree, however, providing some minor structural pruning in the winter will help the White Oak grow into a healthier and stronger tree. In addition, deadwood should be regularly pruned out to avoid breakage and prevent disease.
White Oak Tree Spacing
Because of its size, it is important to allow plenty of room for the White Oak to grow without needing regular pruning or shaping. Plant the White Oak at least 15-20 feet from other plants. Keeping this tree in a container is not recommended.
White Oak Tree Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 - 9|
|Plant Type: Tree|
|Light Exposure: Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)|
|Mature Height: 50 - 80 Feet|
|Mature Spread: 50 - 80 Feet|
|Spacing: 50 - 80 Feet|
|Flower Color(s): Green|
|Flower Description: Yellowish-Green|
|Bloom Period: May|
|Foliage Type: Deciduous|
|Foliage Color(s): Brown, Green, Red|
|Foliage Description: Dark Reddish To Brown|
|Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering, Summer Flowering, Fall Flowering, Winter Interest|
|Attracts: Birds, Hummingbirds|
|Uses: Erosion Control, Specimen or Focal Point, Wildlife Gardens|
|Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance, Native to North America|
|Brand: American Beauties Native Plants|
|Common Name: White Oak Tree|
|Other Name(s): White Oak|
|Scientific Name: Quercus alba|
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