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Swamp White Oak

Scientific Name:
Quercus bicolor

Under Power Lines:
No—this tree is not approved for planting under power lines.

Street Tree Planting:
Yes—minimum planting strip width of 8 feet. If planting a street tree, you must be approved for a permit.

This medium sized tree has a lovely rounded crown and dark shiny green leaves, turning yellow to reddish purple in fall. Its peeling bark also give the tree winter interest. A very stately street tree!

Mature Height:
60 feet

Mature Spread:
45 feet

Dark, shiny green deciduous leaves with silvery white undersides. Foliage can turn yellow and sometimes even reddish purple in fall.

Catkins in early spring.


Cultural Notes:
Grows best in full sun in medium to wet acidic soil. Once established, drought tolerant. This tree can withstand some standing water in the winter.

Potential Problems:
Typically a long-lived tree, but susceptible to a number of pests and diseases including anthracnose, canker, leaf spot, rust, blight, galls, borers, and leaf miners. Leaves show chlorosis (yellowing) if the soil isn't properly acidic.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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