2005 Theodore Klein Plant Award Winner

Quercus bicolor: Swamp White Oak is one of our most outstanding native oaks. Growing to 50-60’ tall with an upright oval outline, it makes an excellent shade tree specimen and is also useful in street tree and parking lot plantings. This long-lived species is tremendously adaptable and once established, it is tolerant of both wet and dry soils. Quercus bicolor prefers moist-acid soil environments. Summer foliage is a dark glossy green with a bit of yellow in the Autumn. It is best adapted to zones 4-9. Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery and for those in northern Kentucky Cincinnati's Mt. Airy Arboretum have excellent specimens. Leaf image to the right was provided by Dr. Paul Cappiello.