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Form and fall color


White Oak, Stave Oak, Ridge White Oak, Forked-leaf White Oak
Quercus alba

Fagaceae (white oak group)

White oak grows in the rich, deep, well-drained acid soils of the east Texas Pineywoods. It is prized as a regal, tall shade tree because of its attractive green summer foliage, red fall color, light, flaky bark, and a classic look that improves with age. White oaks have similar sensitivities to soil compaction and disturbance as Post Oaks (Q. stellata), and they also have a strong tendency to develop symptoms of iron deficiency (chlorosis) on high pH soils. They grow slowly and have a long taproot, making it hard to transplant them from the wild. The acorns are important food for wildlife.

Plant Habit or Use: medium tree large tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: green catkins in clusters

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: acorn

Height: to 100+ ft.

Width: 60 to 80 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: medium

Water Requirements: medium

Soil Requirements: acid

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4

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