Ecological Value: White Oak is a deciduous tree in the beech family that is native to forested areas of eastern North America. In NC it can be found primarily in the Piedmont but also in lower elevations of the mountains and the coastal plain and prefers dry, mesic forests. It is slow-growing and can reach heights of 135 ft with an 80-foot spread but generally tops at 80-100 feet. The deep taproot makes it difficult to transplant. It is a long-lived and attractive oak with a rounded spreading crown. White Oak prefers coarse, deep, moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil with medium fertility but is adaptable to other soil types except for wet ones and is fairly drought tolerant once established. Fall foliage is wine red in color. Use as a shade tree for large yards or parks or in a naturalized area for wildlife to enjoy.