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Swamp White Oak

Swamp White Oak

Quercus bicolor

Featured Plant Category: Keystone Species, Rain Gardens

Height: 50 - 60'

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Bloom Time: April

Bloom Color: Yellow-Green

Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet

Soil Type: Medium to wet, acidic.

Light Requirements: Full sun

Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8

Other Names: Quercus bicolor, Swamp Oak

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Keystone Value: The genus Quercus (Oak) supports over 500 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars, providing food for a variety of birds and mammals.

Swamp White Oak is a beautiful specimen tree used in home landscaping, golf courses, and parks as well as in naturalized areas. They can grow to 50′ or higher and can live over 300 years! Its name is derived from the bicolor leaves: glossy dark green on top and a fuzzy light green underside. In the fall the leaves turn yellow with an occasional red-purple. They prefer full sun and moist to wet acidic soil, however they are adaptable and can handle dry soil. Like other oaks, the Swamp White Oak has excellent wildlife value. Not only is it a keystone species that hosts hundreds of caterpillars, but it also provides habitat and food for a variety of birds and mammals.


Additional information


50 – 60'

Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time


Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Medium to Wet

Soil Type

Medium to wet, acidic.

Light Requirements

Full sun

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

Quercus bicolor, Swamp Oak

Shipping Information

At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: Perennials can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: Trees and shrubs can be shipped in bundles up to 4. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Direct Native Plants now ships via FedEx. Orders ship out Monday through Wednesday of each week, and depending on how close you are to our nursery in Maryland, shipping will take anywhere from 1-4 business days.