Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Swamp White Oak (White Oak)
Quercus bicolor
Fagaceae

Leaves are simple, alternate, deciduous, obovate, densely pubescent on the underside, and with shallow bristle-less lobes. Twigs are gray-brown and scaly. Bark is light-gray, scaly, and furrowed. Acorn is up to 1 inch long with a fringed cap covering up to half of the nut and maturing in one season. Form is up to 23 m (75 ft) in height and 1 m (3 ft) in diameter. Swamp white oak is found on moist to wet sites in the east and central U.S. as far south as Tennessee. The wood is used as white oak lumber.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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