Oak - Swamp White

Scientific Name: Quercus bicolor
Best Planted in USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8.


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This deciduous native tree reaches 50 to 70 feet in height with an equal spread, forming a broad, open, rounded canopy and casting dense shade below. Swamp white oak has deeply ridged and furrowed, dark brown bark, and forms an impressive shade tree. It is a moderate grower and is long-lived, surviving for more than 300 years. Swamp white oak is planted on highway rights-of-way and is frequently used as a shade tree for large lawns, golf courses, parks, and naturalized areas. The crown shape and bi-colored leaves (dark above, lighter beneath) are attractive features; fall color is yellow, with occasional red/purple. The trees can grow well in areas that are dry, poorly drained and wet, or even occasionally flooded, and they will tolerate significant soil compaction. The acorns are sweet and are an important food for wildlife such as squirrels, mice, white-tailed deer, beaver, black bear, and a variety of birds, including ducks and turkey. USDA ZONES: Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8.
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First, decide on a planting location. Consider carefully what kind of sun, soil, and growing-space your tree will need. Once you've located the perfect spot, the hole you are digging must be at least double the width and as deep as the root system you are planting. The top of the root system should be level with the ground. Before placing the tree in the hole, use your hands to gently break up the root system. Once the tree is in place, backfill the hole with native soil and any leftover potting material. Pack down the soil to eliminate any air pockets. When finished, water thoroughly. To insure your plants a successful growth rate and productive life, refer to the brochure included in your PlantMeGreen package.
What your plant will need:
Soil: Adapted to various soils: Clay; Sand; Loam; Slightly Alkaline; Acidic; Extended Flooding; Well-Drained
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun, or Partial Shade
Spacing: 40 feet
Water: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; Do not overwater
Other: Moderate Drought Tolerant; Moderate Salt Tolerant

Found in the wild along streams and in swampy soils, swamp white oak should be grown in full sun to partial shade on acid soils, showing severe chlorosis on alkaline soils. They tolerate soil compaction, drought and some salt exposure. They should be tried more often in urban areas. Swamp white oak grows best in full sun in moist to wet, deep, acidic soils. Development of a 2-layer root system allows it to grow well in areas that are flooded in spring but markedly dry in summer. Young trees of swamp white oak are tolerant of light shade but become more characteristic of full sun with maturity.

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