Quercus bicolor

Swamp White Oak

Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor) is a useful, proven shade tree with impressive clean foliage and interesting flaky bark. It grows naturally in bottomlands and swamps, which translates to adaptability of our variable (compact, too wet, too dry) urban soils. Quercus bicolor was chosen as the 1998 Urban Tree of the Year by the Society of Municipal Arborists and Iowa Tree of the Year for 2003. For other excellent urban oak trees, look at Q. lyrata, Q. nuttallii, Q. phellos.

Category: Large shade tree; deciduous
Hardiness: 3 to 8
Foliage: Medium green with a lustrous sheen
Fall Color: Leaf color of amber to a golden brown
Fruit: Acorns; wildlife food
Bark: The bark of Swamp White Oak flakes off in small sections; tan-brown
Winter Interest: The flaky bark gives it winter appeal.
Texture: Coarse
Shape: Rounded
Mature Size: 60' tall by 60' wide
Growth Rate: Medium
Adaptability: Prefers acid soils; happy with average water availability, but thrives with "wet feet" or in water-logged soils
Native Habitat: Eastern US native