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White Oak (Quercus alba)

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If we took a nationwide poll of deer enthusiasts and asked which oak has provided more successful hunts than any other, white oak would undoubtedly be on the top of the list. Found from the Gulf Coast all the way up and into Canada on a variety of site types,...
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If we took a nationwide poll of deer enthusiasts and asked which oak has provided more successful hunts than any other, white oak would undoubtedly be on the top of the list. Found from the Gulf Coast all the way up and into Canada on a variety of site types, the true white oak is known for its timber quality and wildlife value. In our neck of the woods, the medium to large sized, fairly low tannin acorns begin their descent in mid October and can provide a quality, easy meal for deer and other critters through November on good years. 

We have spent a great deal of time and effort on this species to provide the public with seedlings from parent trees that exhibit traits land managers and our target quarry prefer. White oak trees and their acorns are extremely variable in quality, and we go the extra mile to provide seedlings from about twenty parent trees (out of more than we care to count) in hopes of passing on genetics that wildlife enthusiasts prefer. Any moderate to well drained upland or bottomland soil with an acid to neutral pH (our parent trees soil’s range from 4.8-7.0) should be a welcome home to our white oaks.



White Oak section

4 - 9

Soil pH: 4.5 - 6.8
Mature Height: 60' - 100'
Wildlife Value: Acorns eaten by squirrel, deer, wild turkey, quail, ducks and raccoon.
Site Preference: Occurs on many soil types, but best on deep, moist, slightly acid, well-drained soils.
Nut Maturity Date: October to early November
Alias: Eastern White Oak, Stave Oak, Forked Leaf White Oak


Customer Reviews

Based on 25 reviews
Jack Nace
Fingers crossed!

The trees arrived in excellent condition. I potted them in potting mix, 5 trees in a used cat litter container and gave them a good sprinkle. My biggest concern is over or under watering so I purchased a 2 week self-watering system using capillary design. I will be away for 10 days in the beginning of next month and I will see how they appear to fare. I will let you know how we are doing in a month or so.


Quick shipping great looking plants. Can’t wait to see what they look like in couple of years.

Peter Riley
Pond Repair

Order accuracy and turnaround excellent. Plants nice and moist upon arrival.

Claude B Sexton

The white trees arrived in 2 days in perfect condition. Large healthy seedlings ! I have bought over 100 trees and have never had an issue 🤠

Glenn Wenger

Trees were all beautiful. Gave them all THE GREAT WHITE OAK Pollinators Need You - You Need Pollinators
Birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, and most importantly bees are pollinators. They visit flowers to drink nectar and feed off of the pollen, and as they move from flower to flower they carry the male pollen with them. This fertilization process is the first step in the process that produces seeds, fruits, vegetables and nuts. It is estimated that 35% of the world’s food crops and 80% of the world’s plants rely on pollinators.
Habitat loss, disease, parasites, and environmental contaminants have resulted in the steady decline of many species of pollinators. Currently there is a grassroots movement across the nation to increase the number of pollinators by increasing the number of pollinator plants. We can all play a role in increasing pollinator plants. You can start by planting pollinator plants in existing gardens or take a section of your unused lawn to start a pollinator garden. Visit the Homegrown National Parks website to learn more about how you can play a role in this movement.
Pollinator nymphs and caterpillars feed on the leaves and stems of the plant. Because of the coevolution of plants and insects it is important to plant native plants that can be used as food by native pollinators. Plants that support many species of insects are more valuable. This is where the White Oak comes into play. The White Oak serves as a food source for 537 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars which is more than any other genus of plants in North America - not to mention all the animals that feed off of the acorns. This is why it is called a “keystone plant”. In addition, the leaf litter decomposes and returns nutrients to the soil and provides shelter for many insects over the winter. In comparison, the non-native, invasive Callery Pear which lines many streets and is seen in several yards and developments has been found to support only one.
It takes between 4000 to 6000 caterpillars to fledge one family of chickadees. A 2019 Cornell ornithology study found there are approximately 3 billion fewer song birds in North America than there was 50 years ago. Less caterpillars means less birds. To support birds and other life on the planet we need insects, especially pollinators...and they need us.
By planting a white oak, you will be growing a tree that provides many benefits to our entire ecosystem.

Orders without a specific ship date selected at check out are shipped via UPS the first shipping day following the day the order is received. In order to ensure our seedlings are delivered in the best shape we do not ship on Friday Saturday or Sunday. You may select a shipping date up to six weeks from purchase date at check out.
No Refund Policy: Mossy Oak Nativ Nurseries (Nativ Nurseries) guarantees that our product will arrive in good condition, alive, and true to its name as labeled. We take care in packaging our products. If your order is incorrect or does not arrive in good condition, contact our customer service desk within five (5) business days from your receipt of the product to report any mistake in your order or damage to the product. No refunds will be given however but, we will fix our mistake or rectify any damage by replacing the product at our expense. Nativ Nurseries makes no warranty, expressed or implied for any certain rate of growth or productivity for any of our plant products. Nativ Nurseries will not be responsible for crop failure, damage to products after the customer has received an order, or injuries due to non-recommended zone planting, frost damage, or any man made or natural cause beyond our control. Nativ Nurseries will consider replacing an order if a claim is made in writing or e-mail within five (5) business days from your receipt of the product explaining in detail what problems have occurred. However, Nativ Nurseries reserves the right to refuse replacement at any time.
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White Oak (Quercus alba)
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