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Quercus bicolor is amongst the most elegant of the deciduous oaks. It
is a broadly-pyramidal tree with a strong central leader.
The foliage is large, bluish-green above, and frequently silver beneath. As the common name indicates, it has foliage like White Oak, rounded lobes and deep sinuses. The autumn foliage colour is not intense, instead the leaves turn a pleasing pale-to-butter yellow, and hold on the tree for a few weeks.
The acorns are sparse, and not a problem for urban horticulture.
Quercus bicolor requires the wettest sites available, but will thrive in boggy locations where other trees may fail from deoxygenation. It is well suited to low pH areas, possibly as low as pH 4.5. Given adequate moisture, Swamp White Oak can be fast growing and is very long lived.
If the space is large enough to accommodate the large spreading canopy, and if the site is wet enough, Q. bicolor is an excellent choice for a long-lived elegant tree.