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White Oak vs Butternut

Quercus alba

Juglans cinerea

White Oak
Butternut

White Oak is large, long-lived tree with an irregular trunk divided into spreading, often horizontal, stout branches. A highly adaptable tree, White Oak features beautiful green leaves that turn red-purple in the fall and green acorns.

One of the few walnut varieties native to Canada. The wood from this attractive species is used in a lot of specialty products.

A self-fertile nut tree that has better yields with cross-pollination. The meat of the Butternut is very mild, sweet, and oily. Often sought after by nut hunters.

Butternut is intolerant of shade and poor draining soil. It can survive zone 2, but reliably produces nuts in zone 3. Butternut canker has decimated this species in its native range.

WHITE OAK QUICK FACTS

BUTTERNUT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 4a
Zone: 2b
Height: 30 m (98 ft)
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Spread: 8 m (27 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: dark red
Bark: light to dark gray to white, fissures and scaly
Nuts: nuts within acorns; attractive for wildlife
Nuts: brown shell with cream core starting around age 10
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: fast
Life span: long
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: medium







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