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Audubon® White Oak
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Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Everyone knows that birds love seeds and berries. Planting trees that bear these types of food is a sure way to attract avian visitors to your yard. Few people realize, however, that insects are also crucial to many birds’ diets, especially when they’re raising their young. White Oak performs both of these roles splendidly. The large acorns (sweeter than those of other Oaks) feed jays, woodpeckers, turkey, grouse, and quail, while the wealth of insects the tree supports serves mockingbirds, robins, cardinals, grosbeaks, tanagers, chickadees, and many, many more. One of the best trees you can buy to support your local wildlife.
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
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White Oak lumber was used to build the famous USS Constitution, and in World War II as the keels of mine sweepers and patrol boats - forever earning its place in history. For centuries it has been the preferred wood for those beautiful barrels found in wineries and whiskey distilleries. White oak is known for its strength and durability because of a microscopic tissue called tyloses that plug the vascular cells of wood, allowing to hold liquid. White oak is much more resistant to rot, and is suitable for water-holding applications, boatbuilding, and outdoor furniture.
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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