Common Name: Swamp White Oak
Botanical Name: Quercus bicolor
Native Range: North, central, northeastern forests
Growth Rate: Medium
Sun: Full Sun to part shade
Leaf Description: Dark green on top, silver underside. 6” long by 3” wide, simple, 7-10 partially serrated lobes. Leaves persist through winter
Fall Color: Yellow-brown, copper
Flower Timing: Early spring
Flower Description: Yellow pendulous catkin
Bark Description: Flaking and curling, gray-brown, scaly ridges with deep furrows
Wildlife Benefit: Acorns eaten by birds and other small mammals, tree is used for nesting
Tolerates: Princeton clay soil, compacted soil, drought conditions, wet conditions
Possible Insects: Lace bug, mites, caterpillars
Possible Disease: Anthracnose, leaf spot, cankers
Uses: Shade Tree, Street Tree, Rain Garden Tree
Where to be found on municipal property: 8” specimen in Marquand Park adjacent to Lovers Lane
- Latin name was derived from having a leaf that has 2 colors. Shiny green on top with a silver underside.
- Very adaptable shade tree.
- Wood is very dense and durable. Has been used for construction, cabinet making, and boat building.