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The Swamp White Oak Q

THE SWAMP WHITE OAK. Q. platanoides, Sudw.

The swamp white oak loves to stand in wet ground, sometimes even in actual swamps. Its small branches shed their bark like the buttonwood, the flakes curling back and showing the bright green under layer. On the trunk the bark is thick, and broken irregularly into broad, flat ridges coated with close, gray-brown scales often tinged with red.

In its youth the swamp white oak is comely and sym metrical, its untidy moulting habit concealed by the abundant foliage. One botanist calls this species bicolor,

because the polished yellow-green upper surfaces contrast so pleasantly with the white scurf that lines each leaf throughout the summer. Yellow is the autumn color. Never a hint of red warms this oak of the swamps, even when planted as a street or park tree in well-drained ground.