Swamp White Oak

Swamp White Oak is a great shade tree to install in Iowa landscapes.  This tree produces leaves that are glossy and green on the upper side and whitish in color on the underside.  The leaves of this deciduous tree are broad and flat with wavy teeth around the outer rim of the leaf.  One of the best know characteristics of this tree is that it produces acorns.  The acorns can grow up to an inch long, with the stem growing another couple of inches long.  The acorns can create a mess to clean up in the fall, so keep this in mind when planting this type of tree.  The bark of this tree is dark grey to brown in color.  The bark texture is quite rigid.  This oak is a moderate to fast growing tree.  Swamp White Oak can grow up to two feet in a growing season.

Swamp White Oak

Swamp White Oak Leaves

Swamp White Oak Bark

Swamp White Oak

Quercus Bicolor

Plant Details

Flower Color- None

Foliage Color- Green upper leaf and whitish underside during the spring and summer.  The leaves will turn yellow in the fall.

Zone- 4-8

Height- 50 feet tall

Spread- 45 feet wide

Light- Full sun

Details- This tree tolerates both wet and drought conditions.  The white underside of the leaves give the Swamp White Oak its name.

Other oak tree options.

  • English Oak
  • Northern Red Oak
  • Pin Oak
  • Sawtooth Oak
  • Scarlet Oak
  • Southern Red Oak
  • Willow Oak

Additional information on Swamp White Oak trees.