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Swamp White Oak
(Quercus bicolor)

Donated by Centralia PD - BPA
Tree Map Location: # 161
In Honor of Past and Present Members of the Centralia PD Benevolent and Protective Association

Swamp White Oak leaves Swamp White Oak bark Swamp White Oak tree Swamp White Oak fruit

Leaf: Alternate, simple, obovate, 3 to 7 inches long, margin with large irregular blunt teeth, 2 to 4 1/2 inches wide, dark green and shiny above, very pale below.  
Flower: Monoecious; male flowers are yellow-green long catkins (2 to 4 inches long); females are green to red, very small in leaf axils; appearing in mid-spring with the leaves.  
Fruit: Acorn, 1 inch long, tan, borne singly or double on a long stalk (2 inches), bowl-shaped cap covers about 1/3 of nut.  
Twig: Moderately stout, light brown, terminal buds short, blunt and light brown, thread-like stipules often present around terminal bud.  
Bark: Gray and scaly, later developing irregular fissures and ridges.  
Form: Medium size tree reaching heights of 80 feet, irregular crown, often with lower limbs remaining.  
Source: College of Natural Resource, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  
Website: http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro

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