swamp white oak - querces bicolor
Common Name: swamp white oak
Hardiness Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 50 to 60 ft
Width: 50 to 60 ft
Swamp white oak is a medium sized, deciduous tree with a rounded, spreading crown similar to that of other North American oak species. It has attractive, peeling bark, especially in young trees. As with other white oaks, the leaves have rounded lobes. Each one has shiny, dark green coloring on the top surface and silvery green below. Fall color is typically yellow, but occasionally it will appear as a reddish-purple. Swamp white oak may be mistaken with bur oak, though there are traits that set the two apart. One differentiating factor, for example, is the uniformity in the lobes of the leaves of swamp white oak.
Quercus bicolor is a long lived tree, and boasts a high degree of durability to environmental stressors. It tends to compete best in full sun and medium to wet soil. Loss of habitat in Minnesota is a concern, particularly in the floodplains of the lower Mississippi. In an urban setting, swamp white oak may be a good option for semi-saturated areas that are not suited for most tree species.
Quercus bicolor. Minnesota Wildflowers. https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/tree/swamp-white-oak. Accessed 06 June 2018.
Quercus bicolor. Missouri Botanical Garden. http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=q330. Accessed 06 June 2018.