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quercus alba

White Oak

Quercus alba - white oak
White oak is one of North America’s most predominant tree species. They are invaluable for supporting birds, pollinators, and wildlife. Like other oaks, they need a lot of room to grow. Mature trees can reach 100 feet tall and 90 feet wide.

Height: 60′ – 100′

Width: 50′ – 90′

Exposure: Full sun.

Fruit / Flower: Catkin / acorn.

Fall Color: Yellow to red-purple.

Water: Keep well moist to establish for the first few years. Once established, these trees don’t need extra watering as they are fairly drought tolerant. Plant in a deep well-drained, rich soil.

Fertilizer: Not a heavy feeder. Use a slow release fertilizer once a year to establish if desired.

Pruning: Little pruning is required other than corrective pruning to remove the odd dead, damaged or crossing branch. Avoid pruning in its first growth year.

Structural pruning is best done when the tree is dormant in late winter.
Height: 40′ – 50′

Width: 35′ – 40′

Exposure: Full sun.

Fruit / Flower: Few samaras (less than Autumn Blaze).

Fall Color: Yellow-orange to burgundy red.

Water: Keep well watered while young ( one to 2 years) to establish a strong root system. Once established, these trees are drought tolerant.

Fertilizer: Use a nitrogen rich fertilizer three times a year when establishing.

Pruning: Prune in late winter or early spring. Regular pruning keeps these trees in shape and can prevent major limb breakage.

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