Quercus alba

white oak


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: to 100 ft    Width: to 50 ft
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Hurricane wind resistance, fall color, interesting foliage, interesting bark


Recommended Uses: Shade tree best suited to settings where its large size can be appreciated. Grown in open settings, it can have a wide spread. Grown in a forested setting it will have a narrower crown.
Considerations: Annual acorn drop may require cleanup in areas close to residences.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: Slightly acidic


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Squirrels and many other animals eat the acorns. Larval host for brown duskywing butterfly (Erynnis horatius) and the gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Native Habitats: Dry mesic to mesic forests, second bottom, higher levees.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Its peeling bark and rounded lobes on its set it apart from most other oaks.