White Oak

(Quercus alba) Deciduous tree. Bark is light gray or sometimes white. The leaves have usually 6-8 shallow to deep lobes, these sometimes with smaller lobes. Leaves are essentially smooth or hairless and without bristles at the lobe tip. The flowers develop when the leaves are not fully expanded. The male flowers are yellow and develop in slender clusters 2"-3" long. Bears acorns 1/2 - 1" long with the base covered by a shallow cup. In autumn, foliage turns purplish and clings to tree until late winter. Extremely long lived. Highly valued for many building purposes. The largest of all native oaks, the trunks of old specimens being over 20 feet in diameter. 150 feet max.

James River Plantations include Sherwood Forest Plantation, near Williamsburg, Va.