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A: White Oak

Quercus alba

This White Oak has a diameter of 56 inches and circumference of 176 inches.


A large hardwood tree native to the eastern United States, the White Oak’s canopy can grow to an enormous width. Its sweet acorns are small and oval-shaped, and provide food for more than 180 different species of birds and mammals, including blue jays, woodpeckers, turkeys, deer, and raccoons. This tree thrives in deep, moist soils, like loam and clay. It grows slowly but can reach heights topping 100 meters.

Why is this species called a “White Oak”? The undersides of its leaves are often light or white-colored, and its finished wood has a light color. You can identify a White Oak by its light gray, scaly bark and rounded, lobed leaves.

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