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Quercus bicolor

Swamp White Oak

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Quercus bicolor (Swamp White Oak)

This large and imposing tree forms a fairly coarse outline with a broad crown. Leaves turn varied shades in fall from a yellow-bronze to red-purple. The broad, shallow-lobed leaves are dark green and usually gray-green underneath. The acorns are held on stalks and covered about one-third by the cap. The acorns are edible and can be eaten fresh as they have a fairly sweet flavor. Oaks are now easier to transplant and have faster growth rates thanks to air root pruning and fertilization techniques in nursery production.

Additional Information:


Height
50-60 Feet

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Spread
50-70 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
If fall color is important, select stock in fall when color can be compared between trees. Prefers slightly acid soil.

Good Companions
River Birch (Betula nigra), Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium), Black Haw Viburnum (Viburnum prunifolium), Sassafras (Sassafras albidum), Golden Currant (Ribes odoratum)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FACW+

Nature Attracting

Beneficial Insects
Songbird

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)
Early (Feb-Apr)
Winter (Nov-Mar)

Soil Moisture

Moderate
Average
High

Special Features

Interesting Bark
Nuts

Special Uses

Bog

Sun Exposure

Medium Sun/Average Shade
Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Birds
Nesting
Cover
Food/Small Animals