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Swamp White Oak tree with green leaves growing near a white shed and a pond
Swamp White Oak closeup of green leaves hanging off of a branch
Swamp White Oak spring and summer green leaf
Swamp White Oak yellow and orange leaves in fall
Swamp White Oak leaf transitioning from green to orange and red fall color
Swamp White Oak tree with green leaves growing near a white shed and a pond
Swamp White Oak closeup of green leaves hanging off of a branch
Swamp White Oak spring and summer green leaf
Swamp White Oak yellow and orange leaves in fall
Swamp White Oak leaf transitioning from green to orange and red fall color

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Mature Height: 60' tall
  • Mature Width: 60' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 50-60' apart



  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Swamp White Oak

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Quercus bicolor

Regular price $425.00
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Why the Swamp White Oak?

Don't worry - you don't have to live in the swamp to grow Swamp White Oak! This adaptable native shade tree will grow almost anywhere space permits - even on the gritty streets of the city. It's so tough, in fact, that it's a past winner of the Society of Municipal Arborists' "Tree of the Year" award. Swamp White Oak is a majestic, long-lived legacy tree to plant as a priceless gift to your great-great grandchildren. This tree will also be a boon to your community in the role it will play in storm water mitigation, as well as to local wildlife in the countless species of insects, birds, and small mammals it will shelter and feed. Oh, and it's beautiful, too? It's a win-win-win!

This tree is found in forests and swampy areas all over the Eastern U.S. Its wood is heavy and hard, lending itself to use in flooring, furniture, cabinets, ships, barrels, and kegs. More recently, this tree has found another purpose. At the 9/11 Memorial Plaza in New York, 412 Swamp White Oaks have been planted, chosen for their durability and subdued yellow fall color (Sweetgum was considered, but deemed too festive). In time, the canopies will weave together, forming a cooling, calming green ceiling overhead, sheltering the visitors below.

How to use in the landscape?

A relatively large tree displaying large dark green leaves with gray-green undersides in summer, transforming into golden hues in fall. Swamp White Oak does tend to perform well in wetter/swamp-like locations (hence the name) but also does well in other soil types. Drought tolerant. An excellent choice for shade trees, lawn trees, specimen, or large park-like settings.

You missed a great strength of the Swamp White Oak - that it HAS great strength! After Hurricane Sandy hit our area in New York, the Swamp White Oak was the ONLY Tree in the park with all of its branches still intact. This Tree holds up remarkably well in wind storms!

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

How To Plant

Oak Trees enjoy full sun planting locations. Swamp White Oaks are no different and can grow well in all soil types and where other Oaks may be limited by requiring more acidic soils, Swamp White is much more adaptable. Oaks may have an irregular growth habit while young, but in time will straighten out. Bower & Branch Swamp Whites are grown to have proper branching structure in place, your only need will be to remove lower limbs as desired for branching height. Generally we remove all limbs below 4/5' but you may choose to remove limbs to 6 or 7' as your tree grows to allow for mowing or picnicking. Follow Bower & Branch fertilizing best practiced to insure health and vigor. Swamp White is virtually pest free when given the care and feeding it needs to grow healthy and strong. 

How To Water

Oak Trees will appreciate watering deeply, and regularly during its first few years in the ground. Irrigate weekly, and especially during long dry spells or extreme heat after it’s established.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).


Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:

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- Phone: 866-873-3888

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Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).

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