White oak is native to Michigan. It is a stately tree that retains its leaves into winter. It has a deep taproot and its acorns provide important winter food for wildlife. White oak acorns are preferred by wildlife over red oak acorns because they are more palatable. The leaves have a red or brown to maroon color in the fall. White Oak is often planted as a shade tree and is less susceptible to Oak Wilt Disease than red oak. It is sensitive to soil compaction.
Contributed by: Allegan Conservation District
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