Quercus alba

White Oak

Fagaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Tree
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:
Fruit Color:
Phenology:Deciduous
Noted for:Interesting bark, Fall color, Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Shade tree best suited to settings where its large size can be appreciated. Grown in open settings, it can have a wide spread. Grown in a forested setting it will have a narrower crown.
Considerations:Annual acorn drop may require cleanup in areas close to residences.
Propagation:Seed.
Availability:Native nurseries, Quality nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Slightly acidic

Ecology

Wildlife:
 

Squirrels and many other animals eat the acorns. 

Insects:
 

Larval host for brown duskywing butterfly (Erynnis horatius) and the gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

Native Habitats:Dry mesic to mesic forests, second bottom, higher levees.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

General Comments:Its peeling bark and rounded lobes set it apart from most other oaks.