With showy fall foliage, this impressive tree provides acorns for the Park’s wildlife.
Its male flowers, or “catkins,” are a vital spring food source for gray squirrels and other wildlife. White oaks are sensitive to soil compaction and grade changes, and the older trees can be sensitive to disturbances from construction. While it is less vulnerabe to oak wilt fungus than the red oak species, the white oak’s roots must be respected for these trees to remain healthy; remember to always avoid walking directly on tree roots in the Park.
LeavesDark green to slightly blue-green in summer, brown and wine-red to orange-red in the fall
FruitAcorns about 1.3 to 2 centimeters in length
FlowerIndividual trees produce both male flowers (“catkins”) and female flowers
BarkVariable in appearance, light ashy gray, scaly or shallow fissures