Quercus bicolor (Swamp White Oak)


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Quercus bicolor (Swamp White Oak) Seeds

Zone: 3 to 8.

Native to eastern North America.

Quercus bicolor, commonly called swamp white oak is closely related to the white oak, except its preference for wetter and heavier soils. It does not like drought. Prefers moist soils and can tolerate seasonal flooding. It will grow in partial shade or full sun. It gets its botanical name from the two tones of colour of its foliage. The undersides of its leaves are whitish in contrast with its dark green leaf uppersides.

Like the white oak its acorns are a favourite food for wildlife.

Size: Height 50 to 60 ft; Width 50 to 60 ft.

Germination Instructions

Stratification: White oak acorns require no stratification.

Acorns have a short shelf life so it is best to plant immediately. However, if you cannot plant the acorns immediately upon receiving, keep them in a plastic sandwich bag with with damp peat mix or sawdust. Close the bag loosely and store in the refrigerator at 3° C (37° F) to 5° C (41° F) until you can plant the acorns in pots or in the ground. Ideally the seedlings should be grown in pots and transplanted to the desired permanent location in the ground after a couple of years when they have grown a few feet.

Plant the acorns in soil 1 to 2 inches deep. Protect the pot or site from squirrels or other animals that may discover and eat the acorns.

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