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Audubon® Swamp 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)
Safe in the arms of a rugged Swamp White Oak Tree, birds of all kinds find shelter and sustenance. Its large leaves serve as good cover while songbirds forage for the insects that make up an important part of their diet. Bluebirds, sparrows, wrens, vireos, and warblers are some of the visitors you may see feeding in this noble native. Swamp White Oak’s acorns, which dangle from long stems, are more palatable than those of other Oak Trees, and they attract jays and woodpeckers. In wetland areas, ducks relish the acorns, too. Handsome, hardy, and wonderful for 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: 4-8
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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.
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