A mature White Oak tree reaching out its massive limbs against a background of blue sky is an awe-inspiring sight. This noble, slow-growing shade tree is a legacy tree, a tree to plant as a priceless gift to many future generations of picnickers, tire-swingers, shade seekers, and tree climbers. Not to mention the rich diversity of birds and other animal species that will benefit! Although you may never see your White Oak when it reaches full maturity, as a youngster this tree will bring you much pleasure, too. White Oak tree leaves have some of the best red fall color of any of the Oaks. And when those new leaves emerge fuzzy and pink in the spring—simply adorable!
- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
- Spacing: 60-70'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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Colonel William H. Jackson a professor at University of Georgia, enjoyed the memories of his White Oak Tree so much that he deeded the tree and the land 8 feet around it, to itself. It soon became known as “The tree that owns itself”. The tree that stands today at the corner of Dearing Street and South Finley, in Athens Georgia, is actually the “son of the tree that owns itself”. The original tree fell in 1942 and the son, was planted from one of its acorns in the same spot. Today you will find the tree surrounded by a chain fence with a plaque that reads…..
For and in consideration of the great love I bear this tree and the great desire I have for its protection for all time, I convey entire possession of itself and all land within eight feet of the tree on all sides William H. Jackson.
A grand tree that's perfect for use as a shade tree or just planted in a large area. This stately tree has green foliage with white undersides which changes to purplish-red in fall. The bark is white to whitish gray, whoever named this White Oak was pretty clever! White Oaks are very adaptable and are drought tolerant once established.
How to Grow
The first thing you must be able to provide this tree is a site in full sun. The second thing is LOTS of room. Still with us? Okay. The White Oak is a slow-growing tree, but it does respond to extra doses of fertilizer and water when young. Waterlogged soil it will not abide, though—Swamp White Oak is a better choice for that type of situation. Don’t panic over a chewed leaf or two. Oaks are used to supporting an incredible variety of wildlife and can take care of themselves!
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Size B Trees:
8-10' tall. These slow growing giants are grown in our #15 tree container. Strong caliper 1 1/2" plus with well developed branching.
Size C Trees:
Bower & Branch delivers these large White Oaks in handled pots that will require 2 people to move about and to plant. White Oaks are much taller than wide at shipping time. 12' tall and about 4-6' wide with a developed branching structure is what you can expect. At times during the year we may ship Balled & Burlapped.
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