Posted By RichC on September 13, 2015
Back in 2009, I purchase eleven small year-end-clearance trees from my brother’s home nursery – NativeOhioPlants.com. We had mixed success in that our deer population enjoys both eating the new growth and “deer rubbing” the branches and bark. Unfortunately it killed or mangled more than half the trees that we planted.
Since it is autumn (or almost) again, we’ve been hunting for bargains at out local nurseries to replace a couple of the trees … Brenda also found a few new plants for her landscape mounds (work ahead for me). I am excited to plant two new 9 foot Swamp White Oaks ($50/tree) in the backyard and hopeful that the new hydrangeas will grow in an area where there are leftover tree roots boogering up the soil?
Swamp white oak is a striking tree with attractive peeling bark, especially on young trees. The lustrous, lobed leaves have a two-tone appearance, dark green on top with a silvery-white underside. Fall color is an orangeish-gold to yellow in mid-autumn. An excellent shade tree for any landscape.
Botanical name: Quercus bicolor
All Common Names: swamp white oak