Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor) KWER-kus BY-kul-or

Family Fagaceae

Swamp white oak is a large, full, round-topped, deciduous tree. Its leaves, with their silvery undersides, are similar to those of White oak (Quercus alba), yet Swamp white oak leaves lack deeply cut lobes. The tree grows to 100 feet with an irregular crown.  Leaves have glossy dark green above with white velvety pubescence beneath. Fall color is golden-brown to russet-red.

One of these trees' greatest assets is its bright shiny leaves that make it a very handsome addition to the garden if it is given plenty of suns to grow.  Stunning understory plants like rhododenderns, hostas and ferns inhance the beauty of this tree.  The species is tolerant of partial shade conditions and is a beautiful tree to integrate when one is trying to create understory trees to replace a nearby declining tree.

Named Cultivars Quercus bicolor 'Beacon', Quercus bicolor 'Bonnie and Mike', Quercus bicolor 'Green Nova', Quercus bicolor 'JFS-KW12' AMERICAN DREAM
Plant Data
I am a... Deciduous Perennial Tree
Mature Size 50 - 60 feet tall. 50 - 60 feet wide.
Growth Rate 12"-24"/year
Sun Exposure Full Sun - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance Medium - Wet:
Zones 3a - 8b
Tags Attractive to Wildlife, Deciduous, Eclectic Garden, Fall Color, Illinois Native, Loamy Soil, Low Maintenance, Moist Soil, Rain Garden, Shade Tree, Street Tree, Thornless, Well-Drained Soil, Wet Site Tolerant
Bloom Period April
Flower Color Yellowish-Green
Foliage Color
Animals That Use It


Data Sheets

Morton Arboretum (Morton Arboretum)

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