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Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees

Swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor)

Large trees

Swamp white oak

  • Maximum height
    60 feet
  • Relative growth rate
  • Freedom from insect pests
  • Freedom from disease problems
  • Resistance to storm damage
  • Will grow on poorly drained soil
  • Will grow in hot, dry areas
  • Easy to transplant
  • Withstands city conditions

Swamp white oak has a broad, ovate form when mature but looks coarse when young. It transplants more easily than white oak and grows moderately fast. It tolerates drought, salt and compaction better than most oak species. Leaves are whitish on the underside, adding interest to the summer foliage.

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