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Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees

White oak (Quercus alba)

Large trees

White oak

  • Maximum height
    80 feet
  • Relative growth rate
  • Freedom from insect pests
  • Freedom from disease problems
  • Resistance to storm damage
  • Will grow on poorly drained soil
  • Will grow in hot, dry areas
  • Easy to transplant
    Very poor
  • Withstands city conditions

A mature white oak is one of the most majestic of trees. They are rounded in outline with thick sturdy horizontal branches. The white oak is slower growing and more difficult to transplant than the other oaks. However, it is not as susceptible to insects and diseases, and it grows on a wider range of soil types. It is a difficult species to transplant and should only be moved in the spring.

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