SWAMP WHITE OAK
An attractive native oak tree, Swamp White Oak has a faster growth rate than other oak species. Native to river floodplains in Illinois, it can tolerate drought, clay soils, wet soils, and flooding. Performs best in slightly acidic soils. Deep green, leathery leaves have silvery undersides, and turn golden-bronze in the fall. Leaves on younger trees persist all winter. Bark is exfoliating when young, and becomes furrowed as it matures. A butterfly larval food source. An excellent shade tree for our area.