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White Oak

Will Ship Spring 2024

Plant Type: Dormant, bare-root

Zones:  3-9

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 soils

Plant Characteristics

White Oak

Quercus alba

The White Oak is an impressive, stately tree that is well suited for large areas.  The branches extend far away from the trunk and parallel to the ground which makes it an ideal shade tree.  In spring, the leaves are light pink tinged with a silver color.  A nice display of color gives way to a beautiful silhouette with a wide crown in late autumn and over winter.  Plant this long lived tree where it has room to grow such as a large backyard or field, cemetery, park, golf course or campus.  The White Oak can live for 500+ years, becoming ever more interesting as it matures.  

The White Oak is also known as the Stave Oak, Ridge White Oak, Forked-Leaf White Oak and the Fork-Leaf Oak.

The White Oak is a classic oak tree. This tree exhibits a large, strong form that looks great even after the leaves drop in autumn. This oak is best planted in an area where the root zone will remain undisturbed. Since this selection does not react to soil compaction or construction damage very well, you may consider the Red Oak for those situations. 

Common uses for the White Oak include:

  • Specimen tree for large spaces
  • Often planted on golf courses or in parks and cemetaries
  • Used as part of a large, long-lived windbreak
  • Great wildlife value
The acorn of the White Oak is enjoyed by Wild Turkeys, Whitetail Deer, Black Bears, Blue Jays and several types of ducks and woodpeckers. Over 180 wildlife species have been known to use the White Oak acorn.

Product Questions

To protect my tree seedling from animals and people, I was thinking of nurturing a 10-14" seedling tree in a pot for a few years? Do you recommend this?
Question by: MYLES WILDE on Jan 26, 2021, 10:36 AM
We recommend planting directly into the earth. The less transplanting that each specimen experiences, the better. You can protect your seedling with a tree tube or cage. We recommend tubing or caging 6' in height to protect against deer. We also do not offer our limited warranty for plants planted in containers.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Jan 26, 2021, 2:16 PM
What color does the white oak’s leaves turn in fall?
Question by: Rob Anderson on Nov 10, 2021, 10:04 PM
Fall foliage is wine red in color.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Nov 11, 2021, 8:02 AM