Swamp White Oak
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Don't worry - you don't have to live in the swamp to grow Swamp White Oak! This adaptable native shade tree will grow almost anywhere space permits - even on the gritty streets of the city. It's so tough, in fact, that it's a past winner of the Society of Municipal Arborists' "Tree of the Year" award. Swamp White Oak is a majestic, long-lived legacy tree to plant as a priceless gift to your great-great grandchildren. This tree will also be a boon to your community in the role it will play in storm water mitigation, as well as to local wildlife in the countless species of insects, birds, and small mammals it will shelter and feed. Oh, and it's beautiful, too? It's a win-win-win!
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Spacing: 50' to 60'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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This tree is found in forests and swampy areas all over the Eastern U.S. Its wood is heavy and hard, lending itself to use in flooring, furniture, cabinets, ships, barrels, and kegs. More recently, this tree has found another purpose. At the 9/11 Memorial Plaza in New York, 412 Swamp White Oaks have been planted, chosen for their durability and subdued yellow fall color (Sweetgum was considered, but deemed too festive). In time, the canopies will weave together, forming a cooling, calming green ceiling overhead, sheltering the visitors below.
A relatively large tree displaying large dark green leaves with gray-green undersides in summer, transforming into golden hues in fall. Swamp White Oak does tend to perform well in wetter/swamp-like locations (hence the name) but also does well in other soil types. Drought tolerant. An excellent choice for shade trees, lawn trees, specimen, or large park-like settings.
How to Grow
Oak Trees enjoy full sun planting locations. Swamp White Oaks are no different and can grow well in all soil types and where other Oaks may be limited by requiring more acidic soils, Swamp White is much more adaptable. Oaks may have an irregular growth habit while young, but in time will straighten out. Bower & Branch Swamp Whites are grown to have proper branching structure in place, your only need will be to remove lower limbs as desired for branching height. Generally we remove all limbs below 4/5' but you may choose to remove limbs to 6 or 7' as your tree grows to allow for mowing or picnicking. Follow Bower & Branch fertilizing best practiced to insure health and vigor. Swamp White is virtually pest free when given the care and feeding it needs to grow healthy and strong.
Questions & Answers
Not a question but...
You missed a great strength of the Swamp White Oak - that it HAS great strength! After Hurricane Sandy hit our area in New York, the Swamp White Oak was the ONLY Tree in the park with all of its branches still intact. This Tree holds up remarkably well in wind storms!
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Size A Trees:
6-7' tall, grown and shipped in a container. Although this size tree can be handled by one person its large container, stem and branching prevent it from fitting into a box. A van or truck should be used to haul this tree home.
Size B Trees:
8-10' tall, grown and shipped in a container. Although one strong person can lift this tree two would make it much easier. A truck or trailer will be needed to bring this new addition home to your landscape.
Size C Trees:
10-12' tall, grown and shipped in a container. This tree is BIG! Two strong people will be needed to move onto a trailer. A tree this size will look like it has been growing in your landscape for years.
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