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White Oak

Quercus alba

Native

White oak is native to eastern and central North America and is one of the most important hardwoods with its strong, elastic wood. It can grow more than 35 meters tall and can live for several hundred years. The white oak is an adaptable tree that will grow almost anywhere such as deep, rich, well-drained soils to rock outcrops and limestone pavements. White oak acorns are a important food source for many wildlife.

Leaf

Deciduous, simple, alternate. Bright green and paler beneath, hairless. Leaves 10-22 cm long with distinct lobes.

Fruit/Seed

Acorns in single or pairs, in a cup with knobby scales. Acorns remain in cup. Brown to green in colour.

Bark

Mature bark grey, corky and ridged. Very thick.

Bud/Twig

Buds are reddish brown and 3-5mm long. Buds at twig tips and clustered.

Flower

Hanging green catkins. Male and female flowers found on the same tree. Flowers in spring.

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