White Oak Tree
White Oak Leaf
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White Oak Tree
White Oak Leaf
White Oak Additional Product Shot 684
White Oak Additional Product Shot 516
White Oak Additional Product Shot 683
White Oak Additional Product Shot 211

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Spacing: 60-70'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
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White Oak
Quercus alba
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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 animals that will benefit!  Although you may never see your White Oak when it reaches full maturity, this tree will bring you pleasure as a youngster, 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!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Spacing: 60-70'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Show more ›
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The Story

Colonel William H. Jackson, a professor at the University of Georgia, loved his White Oak so much that he deeded the eight feet of land surrounding it to itself! It soon became known as "the tree that owns itself." The tree that stands at that spot today, at the corner of Dearing and South Finley in Athens, Georgia, is actually the "son" of the "tree that owns itself." The original tree fell in 1942 and the current one was then planted from one of its acorns in that very spot. Today, you'll find this tree surrounded by a 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.

The Details

This grand specimen is perfect as a shade tree and in large areas. It is incredibly stately with green foliage that has white undersides. During fall, foliage takes on purple-red hues. The bark is white to grey-white, earning its namesake. White Oaks are very adaptable and are even drought-tolerant once established.

How to Grow

This tree will require full sun and lots of room. Still with us? OK. The White Oak is a slow grower, but it does respond to extra doses of fertilizer and water when it's young. But don't let soil get too moist—Swamp White Oak is better-suited for that! Also, don't panic over a chewed leaf or two. Oaks are used to supporting an incredible variety of wildlife and can certainly take care of themselves!

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 80'
Avg Mature Width 70'
Spacing 60-70'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Red/Bronze-Red
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Time Fall
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award Yes
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale

Scale

Size: B

Size B

Size: C

Size C

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

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 two people to move them about and to plant them. White Oaks are much taller than wide at shipping time. Expect them to be 12' tall and about 4 to 6' wide with a developed branching structure. At times during the year, we may ship balled-and-burlapped.

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White Oak Tree
White Oak Leaf
White Oak Additional Product Shot 684
White Oak Additional Product Shot 516
White Oak Additional Product Shot 683
White Oak Additional Product Shot 211