Swamp White Oak
The swamp white oak is somewhat scattered across its range, not always growing in abundance. It may be confused with white oak or swamp chestnut oak at a glance, and is a good producer of acorns.
Eastern US and Canada south to Alabama; distribution spotty in southern portion of its range.
Bottomlands, near swamps or creek banks. Adaptable to upland habitat and sometimes planted as a landscape tree.
Swamp Chestnut Oak - leaves of swamp chestnut oak have more of a sawtooth margin with more "teeth" or lobes than those of swamp white oak. Acorns of swamp chestnut are also much larger.
White oak - bark and leaves may be similar at a glance, but leaves of white oak have deep sinuses while those of swamp white oak are very shallow. White oak also favors uplands while swamp white oak favors bottomlands.
Chinkapin Oak - Bark may be similar, but that of swamp white oak is usually more scaly. Leaves of chinkapin oak have a sawtooth margin with more "teeth" than the lobes of swamp white oak. Also, chinkapin oak is found in upland limestone soils while swamp white oak is found in bottomlands.