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White Oak

Quercus alba

Description: 
A large deciduous tree with a wide-spreading, rounded canopy at maturity. The leaves, with their finger like lobes, are a green to slightly blue-green color that then ranges from bronze to shades of red in the fall. White oak is native to the eastern US and makes an excellent shade tree, street tree, or yard tree.

Power Line Approved: No

Min. street tree planting width: 8 feet

Mature Height: 60-70 feet

Mature Spread: 30-40 feet

Tree Shape: Round

Where to Plant: 
A great shade tree for your yard or in a wide planting strip with no overhead wires. 

Leaves:
Rounded, finger like lobes are a green to slightly blue-green color that then ranges from bronze to shades of red in the fall.

Flowers:
Yellow-green catkins. Not showy.

Fruit:
1" long acorn with a warty cap. Edible and a favorite of wildlife

Preferred Site Conditions:
Full sun. Prefers moist but well drained soil. Adapts well to a variety of soil conditions with good drought tolerance once established.

Potential Problems:
No serious or disease problems.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15b feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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