White Oak

White Oak

Quercus alba

Featured Plant Category: Focal point, Keystone Species

Height: 40-60'

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Bloom Time: April

Bloom Color: Green-Yellow

Soil Moisture: Medium

Soil Type: Moist, well-drained alkaline soil

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

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

Other Names: Stave Oak, Quercus alba

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

“White oak is the standard by which all other oaks are measured… One of America’s most handsome native species.” (Michael Dirr).

This stately tree can reach 50-80 feet and makes an impressive specimen tree with its broad round shape, dense foliage, and beautiful russet-red fall color. Its iconic acorns provide food for a variety of native mammals and birds while its branches and cavities also provide them shelter. As a keystone species, oak trees host hundreds of species of butterfly and moth caterpillars (including the Edwards Hairstreak Butterfly pictured above), making them an essential component of biodiverse local food webs.


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Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time


Bloom Color


Soil Moisture


Soil Type

Moist, well-drained alkaline soil

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

Stave Oak, Quercus alba

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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.

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: These boxes 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.

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