Quercus alba L.
Common Name: WHITE OAK
Coefficient of Conservatism: 5
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt Tree

Quercus alba B. S. Walters

Oak-hickory, beech-maple, and mixed hardwood stands; in the northern Lower Peninsula, often with jack pine and other oaks on sandy plains.

A familiar tree, the white oak is easily recognized by the rounded lobes and definite sinuses of the leaves, which are pale and completely glabrous beneath. (The dense pubescence on both surfaces of the young leaves is readily deciduous; rarely a few hairs may persist along the midrib beneath, but these are easily dislodged.) This is an important timber tree farther to the south and east, but it is not of so much commercial importance in Michigan.

Hybrids with several other species are known in the state. Most common is Q. ×bebbiana C. K. Schneid. (Q. alba × Q. macrocarpa); also known are Q. ×jackiana C. K. Schneid. (Q. alba × Q. bicolor), Q. ×faxonii Trel. (Q. alba × Q. prinoides) and Q. alba × Q. muehlenbergii, for which no scientific name is available since Q. ×deamii has been found to be Q. macrocarpa × Q. muehlenbergii.


Alcona County
Allegan County
Alpena County
Arenac County
Barry County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Calhoun County
Cass County
Cheboygan County
Clare County
Clinton County
Crawford County
Delta County
Genesee County
Gladwin County
Gogebic County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Huron County
Ingham County
Iosco County
Isabella County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Lake County
Lapeer County
Leelanau County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Mackinac County
    Only on Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Manistee County
Mason County
Menominee County
Midland County
Monroe County
Montcalm County
Montmorency County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Ogemaw County
Osceola County
Oscoda County
Otsego County
Ottawa County
Roscommon County
Schoolcraft County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. October 19, 2021. https://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1373.