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Did you know that the White Oak is Maryland’s state tree? Read on for more information about this stately tree.
The Historical White Oak
You have likely seen white oak trees around the area. The white oak is a stumpy tree, resembling a mushroom shape. The trunk is short, but its canopy grows wide and rounded. It grows in any type of soil, but prefers slightly acidic, deeply moist and well-drained soil. White oak roots go deep into the earth.
One of the greatest climbing trees ever, the White Oak has strong, sturdy branches. In spring and summer, its leaves are a glossy blue-green. Its leaf buds are food for birds, and the acorns are food not only for squirrels, but for birds and other wildlife as well. In the fall, its leaves turn a stunning red-burgundy to orange-red color.
The bark of the tree is light gray, but when the timber is cut and milled, it produces a beautiful light tan to deep golden plank. White oaks are found all over the country, but most white oaks are limited to the Eastern seaboard and some in the Midwest.
Most commonly known for its use in making wine barrels and barrels for transporting tobacco, the white oak made history when it was used in the construction of the USS Constitution. Additionally, the Richards Oak in Cecil County sheltered General Lafayette and his army in 1871.
White Oak Longevity and Growth
White oaks enjoy incredible longevity, with some living to be 200 to 300 years old. The Wye Oak in Wye Mills, MD lived over 4o0 years old until 2002. The Basking Ridge Oak in New Jersey is presently 600 years old. Now, with urban areas spreading, the typical lifespan of a white oak tree is 150 to 200 years.
The white oak grows at a rate of between 12 and 24 inches per year. It grows 50 to 80 feet high with a branch spread of 50 to 80 feet. The white oak produces its acorns when it’s between 50 and 100 years of age. However, acorn production only happens every four to ten years.
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