Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1182

Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas
Documented growing wild in - NC SC

Uncommon (rare south of VA)

Look for it in upland depression swamp forests over mafic rocks such as gabbro or diabase, bottomland swamps with calcareous sediments, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate, 5-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring
Unisexual
Staminate calyx 2-8 lobed, pistillate calyx 6-lobed
Petals absent
3-12 stamens in staminate flowers
Staminate flowers in clustered drooping catkins

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Acorn

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Quercus bicolor   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Quercus bicolor   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 055-03-006:
Quercus bicolor   FAMILY Fagaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Swamp White Oak


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image of Quercus bicolor

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_qubi_001_lvd

        

image of Quercus bicolor

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_qubi_004_lvd

        

image of Quercus bicolor

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_quercus_bicolor

January        

Bark grayish, scaly or with thick scaly ridges, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Quercus bicolor

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_q_bicolor_bark_1

August        

Chattahoochee Nature Center

image of Quercus bicolor

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_q_bicolor_fruit

August        

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Acorn cup covering 1/2-3/4 of nut, scales slightly elongate-tipped near rim, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Quercus bicolor

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_q_bicolor_lvs_3

August        

Chattahoochee Nature Center

image of Quercus bicolor

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_quercus_bicolor_0447

October    Hamilton County    TN

image of Quercus bicolor

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_quercus_bicolor_0448

October    Hamilton County    TN

A white oak to 60-70' tall with an open, rounded crown, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Quercus bicolor

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_quercus_bicolor_0450

October    Hamilton County    TN

Leaves w a velvety white underside are one of its distinguishing features, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.