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White Oak vs Yellow Birch

Quercus alba

Betula alleghaniensis

White Oak
Yellow Birch

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.

Yellow Birch is a large and valuable hardwood species in northeastern North America. The bark on its limbs and young trunks is silvery-yellowish in colour, hence the name. This tree prefers to grow in cool regions with damp or saturated soil.

Yellow Birch can be tapped for syrup, like Sugar Maple. Although the sap has less sugar content, it flows in greater quantity than maple trees.

WHITE OAK QUICK FACTS

YELLOW BIRCH QUICK FACTS

Zone: 4a
Zone: 3a
Height: 30 m (98 ft)
Height: 18 m (60 ft)
Spread: 11 m (35 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fuzz/fluff: no
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: dark red
Fall colour: bright yellow
Bark: light to dark gray to white, fissures and scaly
Bark: shiny yellow to grey silver peels in curly strips, becomes reddish brown when older
Nuts: nuts within acorns; attractive for wildlife
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: medium
Life span: long
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: low
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: medium







Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes