All About the White Oak:
Scientific Nomenclature: Quercus alba
Common Name: white oak
Mature Height: 60–100 feet
Mature Spread: 50–80 feet
Growth Rate: Moderate
Attracts Wildlife: Birds, mammals, select butterfly and moth species
Messiness: Acorns drop in late autumn or early winter. Flowers bloom in April and drop shortly after. Leaves drop in autumn, but some may persist through winter.
Native to Kentucky: Yes
Preferred Soils: Prefers deep, moist, well-drained neutral (6.0–8.0pH) or acidic (<6.0pH) soils. Is adaptable to other soil types but is intolerant of habitually wet sites.
Screening: Has no use as a screening or privacy tree.
Drought Tolerance: Is tolerant of drought once well established.
Coniferous or Deciduous: Deciduous
Pruning: Very rarely needs pruning. Remove any deadwood while the tree is dormant to keep it at its healthiest.
Climate Quick Facts:
Following being planted as a sapling, over 20 years one white oak will:
- Sequester ~381 pounds of CO2.
- Reduce stormwater runoff by 230 gallons.