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Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
6 – 9
70 – 80
3/4 height
Rounded outline at maturity
Best in full sun
Characteristic soil is dry and poor, but develops best on loamy ridges
inconspicuous, hanging catkins
acorn 1/2 long
Landscape use:
Nice shade tree for use in large areas; similar uses to white oak
Native range is Virginia to Florida, west to southern Illinois and Arkansas; introduced in 1763
Significant Features:
Leaves are dark green above and yellowish-brown beneath


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Arboretum Consultant

Michael A. Dirr

Dr. Michael A. Dirr is a horticulturist associated with the University of Georgia. Dr. Dirr has published over 300 scientific and popular publications and has authored seven books, including A Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture and Propagation and Uses. It has sold more than 250,000 copies.

Arboretum Consultant

Richard C. Webel

Richard C. Webel is managing director of Innocenti & Webel LLC, a renowned firm that specializes in architecture, landscape architecture and strategic planning. He collaborated on A Landscape of Continuity: The Practice of Innocenti & Webel, published by Harvard University in 1997. In addition to presenting lectures throughout the United States, he has also appeared on CNBC and CNN.