Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees - Page 28

White oak (Quercus alba)

Large trees

White oak
 

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

A mature white oak is one of the most majestic of trees. They are rounded in outline with thick sturdy horizontal branches. The white oak is slower growing and more difficult to transplant than the other oaks. However, it is not as susceptible to insects and diseases, and it grows on a wider range of soil types. It is a difficult species to transplant and should only be moved in the spring.