At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Fagaceae
Latin Name: Quercus alba
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Brown to dark red
Bloom: Yellowish-green
Bloom Time: May
Shape: Pyramidal to spreading
Bark: Light ash to gray
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 3 to Zone 9
Size: 50 to 80 feet
Spread: 50 to 80 feet
Care: Medium to dry, well drained soil

The White Oak’s slow-paced growth rate is balanced by its extreme longevity, as this species is known to survive for over 300 years; Maryland’s famous Wye Oak was actually estimated to be roughly 450 years old before it toppled during a thunderstorm in 2002. The White Oak is prized as one of the most important lumber trees, noted also for its resilience in a variety of environments and for its service as a valuable wildlife resource. A mature White Oak’s pyramidal crown towers up at 50-80 ft., with its outstretched branches helping it reach a total respective span of 50-80 ft.

Given a 3-8 hardiness zone rating, the White Oak is hailed as one of the most outstanding and well-known hardwoods of central and eastern North America, widespread from Nova Scotia to Florida, and found as far west as Texas. Growing as easily in dry uplands as in lowland valleys and ravines, this deciduous species is cultivated best in full sunlight and within medium to dry, well-drained soils. It reaches its full strength and height when grown in a forest, dominating the smaller trees around it.

This Fagaceae family member is scientifically classified as Quercus Alba, a name that salutes the paleness of the tree’s ash-gray bark. The White Oak is further identified by its dense deciduous foliage, the leaves emerging a delicate and downy silver-pink that quickly changes to yellow-green before deepening to dark green. These leaves are glossy, shallowly lobed, and long, with their hues shifting to shades of rich brown and scarlet in autumn. The White Oak’s May flowers range in color from rose to lavender, and are quickly replaced by the tree’s annual acorns, which are deeply capped, gleaming brown, and require only a year to mature.

The White Oak’s timber is commercially valuable, cherished for its water- and rot-resistant properties, its density, and its strength. It has been used in construction, agricultural implements, barrel-making (especially for barrels containing wine, as the wood is noted to impart or preserve the wine’s strong flavors), shipbuilding, and for crafting the weaponry of Japanese martial arts.

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