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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!
- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
- Spacing: 60-70'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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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.
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!
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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 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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