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White Oak

White oak has very distinctive, light ashy-gray bark, usually made up of small scarly plates. It occurs in a wide variety of habitats throughout Ohio, doing best in deep, well-drained upland soils. It usually grows in association with hickory and other species of oak. The white oak grows very slowly, sending a deep taproot into the soil. Trees 300 years old are not uncommon, and some have been known to live 600 years.