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White Oak

TREES

GENUS/SPECIES


Quercus alba

FAMILY


Fagaceae

SYNONYMS


Common: Eastern White Oak

DISTRIBUTION


Eastern US

  • SE Minnesota eastward to S Maine
  • S Maine southward to N Florida
  • N Florida westward to E Texas
  • E Texas northward to E Minnesota

Comments

White oak is a component of many kinds of forests, especially those that have moderately moist soil and have been allowed to mature over a long period of time. The rather light-gray bark is composed of thick flakes, and the distinctive bluish-green leaves have rounded lobes. White oak becomes a large, rounded tree. The abundant wind-borne pollen is shed from catkins in the spring, and the female flowers ripen into acorns in the fall of the same year.