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collage of White Oak and Swamp White Oak

White Oak (Quercus alba) vs. Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)

Updated August 31st, 2020

These two oaks are sometimes confused; young white oaks growing in shade have shallowly-lobed leaves that can be confused with those of swamp white oaks. Although swamp white oaks are naturally found on wetter sites, both species are widely planted and can be found together in landscaping. The species are usually easily distinguished if you know what to look for. They can, however, hybridize and form intergrades; although hybrids are rare, it may not be possible to identify all trees.

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