Quercus bicolor

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Quercus bicolor
  • COMMON NAME: Swamp White Oak
  • FAMILY: Fagaceae
  • NATIVITY: Found throughout east coast
  • GROWTH HABIT:  50-60’, broad, open, rounded-topped crown.
  • HARDINESS:  Zone 4 to 8
  • OPTIMUM GROWING CONDITIONS:  Wet, moist, even swampy conditions.
  • SUCCESSIONAL STATUS:  Climax
  • FACULTATIVE STATUS:  Facultative wetland
  • LANDSCAPE VALUE:  Wildlife value.  Grows well in swampy soils.
  • FOLIAGE:   Alternate, simple, oblong-ovate.  Dark green, extremely glossy on top and white to silver on the bottom.  Dull yellow-bronze fall color.  The apex is rounded but shallow lobes.
  • BUDS:  Imbricately scaled and light chestnut color.  Dome shaped buds.  
  • BARK:  Gray-brown with flaky, deep fissures that run longitudinal
  • FRUIT:  Acorn, 1” and usually found in pairs.
  • PESTS:  The tree is susceptible to chlorosis but not many other pests are serious.
University of Delaware

University of Delaware Botanic GardensNewark, DE 19716Phone: 302 831-0153