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Per the Native Wildlife Federation Native Plant Finder, 477 species of butterflies and moths use Quercus as a caterpillar host plant:
A member of the white oak group. Swamp white oak is a large, wide, round-topped, deciduous tree with leaves similar to those of white oak (Q. alba) but lacking deeply cut lobes. Fall color is golden-brown to russet-red. Dark gray bark. Insignificant flowers in separate male and female catkins. Acorns are distinguishable by their long stalks. Attracts songbirds, ground birds, water birds and mammals.
Prefers moist to wet acidic soil with a high mineral content but is adaptable to drier sites. It is tolerant of areas that have spring flooding and fairly dry summers.
Height: 50-60 ft.
Spread: 50-60 ft.
Bloom time: April
Sun: full sun
Water: medium to wet
Rain garden, shade tree
According to Rutgers University, Quercus sp. are “occasionally severely damaged” by deer.