Promoting the Use of Native Plant Species in the Home Landscape

Join Us     Donate

White Oak

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Quercus alba

Flower Description:

Catkin flowers appear in May when leaves are about 1/3 grown. Yellow flowers are on hairy stems 2.5-3 ” long with bright red stigmas. Male catkins are 2-4 inches; while female flowers are small single spikes, Acorns are ovoid or oblong and round.

Season BloomMay
HabitatOne of the preeminent and highly valued hardwoods of our forests. It is long-lived. Prefers full sun, but has a moderate tolerance to partial shade. Can adapt to a variety of soil textures, but prefers deep, moist, well-drained soils, slow growing.
CyclePerennial woody
Leaf DescriptionLeaves are 4" to 8" long with 7-9 shallow lobes extending less than half-way to mid-rib. Lobes are rounded. The leaves are thin, bright yellow-green, shiny or dull, with a whiter color beneath and turn red-brown in autumn and drop.
Soil Type All Types
Light Source Partial Shade, Sun