Hardy Planting Zone- Water Oak trees will grow and thrive best in hardy zones 3 through 9 (anywhere from Massachusetts to central Florida)
Bloom Season - White oak trees bloom during the spring months (March, April, & May)
Bloom Color - White oaks bloom yellow in the spring
Height at Maturity - The water oak will, on average, grow to be between 50 to 80 feet tall at maturity, with a width (branch spread) that is also 50 to 80 feet
Soil Type Preferred- Although they can grow in almost any kind of acidic soil, white oaks grow best in deep, moist, and loamy soils of any kind that don’t experience severe drought (Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam Clay Loam, Clay)
Sun or Shade - Although they can grow in almost any condition, white oaks grow and thrive best in areas with full sun and partial shade, preferring a minimum of 4 hours of direct and unfiltered sunlight daily
Water Oaks are characterized by their preferred growing locations in and around wet, swampy areas, including ponds, rivers, and stream banks.
Found as far north as Massachusetts and as far south as central Florida, they are pretty standard and even considered “weed trees.”
They are handy in providing shade to people and habitats (and food) to many animals.
Their acorns are the food of preference for many animals, including white-tailed deer, squirrels, raccoons, pigs, wild turkeys, mallards, wood ducks, quail, and many other nesting and fruit-eating mammals and birds. They grow faster than most trees, adding about 2 feet per year and capping off at around 50 to 80 feet. As they grow, their foliage spreads about as wide as the tree is tall, covering its branches in light and dark green leaves.