White Oak, Quercus alba
Beauty and Benefits of the White Oak Tree in Landscaping
The white oak tree is a majestic tree and can be an excellent addition to a landscape. These trees are native to North America, reaching as far north as southern regions of Canada, as far south as Florida, and as far west as Texas. They are resilient trees characterized by light gray bark and named for the white undersides of their leaves.
These trees prefer moist soil that is slightly acidic and drains well, as they have deep roots. Their acorns germinate in fall, and as the weather gets warm in the spring, the saplings will proliferate. They grow at a rate of about one to two feet per year and can reach up to 100 feet tall.
White oak trees prefer direct sunlight and like to spend a few hours at a minimum in the sun each day. They are resistant to drought and ice breakage and are resilient when it comes to tree diseases and insects as compared to other species of oak trees. White oaks are forgiving when it comes to growing conditions.
In landscaping, it is essential that white oaks have plenty of growing room, as their branches grow outward, parallel to the ground. For this reason, they are excellent shade trees after they are established. Besides, white oak trees present with colorful foliage in the autumn months and are sure to brighten the landscape.
White oaks also serve as legacy trees.
Their average lifespan is about 300 years, but they have been known to live up 600 years under favorable conditions. The shade and splendor of these magnificent trees can be enjoyed for several generations by different families as time goes on.
This is a shade tree that reaches 50-80 feet at mature height. The White Oak is famous for it's long life and strong branches. Great for shade, and it's acorns are a great source of food for wildlife.
Hardy Zones 3-9
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