Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees

Swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor)

Large trees

Swamp white oak


  • Maximum height
    60 feet
  • Relative growth rate
    Good
  • Freedom from insect pests
    Good
  • Freedom from disease problems
    Good
  • Resistance to storm damage
    Excellent
  • Will grow on poorly drained soil
    Excellent
  • Will grow in hot, dry areas
    Good
  • Easy to transplant
    Good
  • Withstands city conditions
    Excellent

Swamp white oak has a broad, ovate form when mature but looks coarse when young. It transplants more easily than white oak and grows moderately fast. It tolerates drought, salt and compaction better than most oak species. Leaves are whitish on the underside, adding interest to the summer foliage.