White Oak Ridge
COMMON NAMES: WHITE OAK, STAVE OAK, RIDGE WHITE OAK, FORKED-LEAF WHITE OAK
Deciduous – Sun Ht. 80’ to over 100’ Spread 50’-60’
HABIT: Large, gorgeous tree with beautiful summer foliage and excellent red fall color. White oak has my favorite tree foliage. Leaves are deeply cut and rounded on the edges. Summer foliage color is deep green to slightly blue-green. Fall color will range from wine red to orange red.
CULTURE: White oak is easy to grow in acid to neutral soils. Likes sandy soils best. It is fairly drought tolerant and requires little fertilizer.
USES: Shade tree.
PROBLEMS: Unfortunately, this tree will not grow adequately in the black and white soils of north and central Texas. It must have deep, neutral-to-acid sandy loam.
NOTES: White oak is without doubt one of our state’s most beautiful trees.