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Swamp White Oak

Will Ship Spring 2024

Plant Type: Dormant, bare-root

Zones:  3-8

Soil Type:  Clay, Loamy & Sandy Soils

Site Selection: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Mature Height & Width:  60-80' Height and 60-80' Spread

Growth Rate:  Moderate - 12-24" per year on average

Moisture Requirements: Average to wet soils

Plant Characteristics

Swamp White Oak

Quercus bicolor

The Swamp White Oak is a stately Oak tree for your low lying or wetter areas. This oak tree displays a dense oval shape in youth that matures into more of a symmetrical round shape. Its leaves are whitish on the underside and green on the top sides. Branches reach in an upward fashion during its youth and middle age but the canopy becomes more rounded as the tree matures. In autumn, the leaves turn a brown color but keep the whitish color underneath. The wood is indistinguishable from White Oak and is used for the same purposes. The Swamp White Oak produces acorns that wildlife enjoy.

This oak tree will do well in areas with average moisture and even areas that dry out in the summer, displaying good drought resistance. However, if you are looking for a larger and long lived tree for the wetter areas of your property, the Swamp White Oak is a great choice. In its natural setting, this tree thrives in wet woods, swamps, wetlands, bottomlands, and near bodies of water. The green top and whitish bottom color of the leaves make for a nice display when the wind blows. The leaves turn a copper and orange color in autumn before dropping from the tree. The Swamp White Oak will commonly live to be 300-400 years old.

Common uses for the Swamp White Oak include:

  • Larger and stately tree for those wetter areas
  • Lumber used for many types of woodworking projects
  • Strong trunk and limbs are not susceptible to storm damage
  • Good wildlife value
Swamp White Oaks provide excellent wildlife benefits. Grouse, wood ducks, quail, wild turkeys, blue jays, white-breasted nuthatches, thrushes, brown thrashers, redheaded and red-bellied woodpeckers, yellow-shafted flickers, grackles, black bears, raccoons, gray, fox, flying and red squirrels, deer, eastern chipmunks, white-footed mice and many other animals feast on acorns each fall. Oak trees also make good den trees for cavity-dwelling birds and mammals.

Product Questions

What/ were is the seed source for your swamp white and bur oak? Thanks.
Question by: Duane Fogard on Dec 6, 2021, 8:39 PM
The seed source is from Illinois.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Dec 13, 2021, 8:02 AM