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"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." - Alexander Smith   


Swamp White Oak
(Quercus bicolor)

Donated by KC Child Care Club
Tree Map Location: # 141
In Honor of KC Child Care Club 2009

Swamp White Oak leaves Swamp White Oak bark Swamp White Oak tree Swamp White Oak fruit

Leaf: Alternate, simple, obovate, 3 to 7 inches long, margin with large irregular blunt teeth, 2 to 4 1/2 inches wide, dark green and shiny above, very pale below.  
Flower: Monoecious; male flowers are yellow-green long catkins (2 to 4 inches long); females are green to red, very small in leaf axils; appearing in mid-spring with the leaves.  
Fruit: Acorn, 1 inch long, tan, borne singly or double on a long stalk (2 inches), bowl-shaped cap covers about 1/3 of nut.  
Twig: Moderately stout, light brown, terminal buds short, blunt and light brown, thread-like stipules often present around terminal bud.  
Bark: Gray and scaly, later developing irregular fissures and ridges.  
Form: Medium size tree reaching heights of 80 feet, irregular crown, often with lower limbs remaining.  
Source: College of Natural Resource, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  
Website: http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro

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