White Oak

Quercus alba

The white oak is a large, long-lived tree that is native to eastern North America.  It’s found in southern Ontario and can grow to be more than 30 metres tall. White oaks grow well on a variety of soils and are moderately shade-tolerant, they can be used as an understory tree and then will grow well when more sunlight reaches them.

Today, white oak goes into products such as flooring, furniture and beams.

 Size: 20 to 30 metres tall, trunk 50 to 120 centimetres in diameter

Moisture: Can tolerate a variety of moisture levels

Shade: Prefers full sun

Soil: Can tolerate a variety of soils

Did you know? Wood from the white oak is waterproof, so it’s used to make barrels for storing liquids.