Exposure: Full sun
Growth Rate: Moderate
Bloom Time/Color: N/A
Fall Color: Yellow/purple
Uses: Shade tree, street tree, rain garden, bogs
Tree Shape: Broad, round
Swamp white oak is the perfect tree for areas with water draining issues or as a specimen tree near ponds/creeks. It is identified in the landscape by its unique, large, bicolored lobed leaves that are a medium green on top and silvery white underneath and peeling, warm brown bark in juvenility. Trees traditionally obtain a rich gold fall color, however, depending on weather and other growing conditions, fall color can be reddish-purple some years. Acorns provide good food for birds and other wildlife. Despite its preference to acidic, moist soils in full sun, it has a surprisingly good tolerance to drought, clay, and other urban growing conditions. Overall a very hardy and durable tree.
Quercus bicolor is an Iowa native.