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Swamp white oak is Project Beauty tree

The swamp white oak — it's white on the underside of the leaf — is Project Beauty's featured tree for 2011, and the group has seedlings of it for sale at the Wichita Garden Show. You'll also be able to find them at Tree Fest on March 26 at the Extension Education Center and at the city Arbor Day celebration.

Project Beauty describes the swamp oak as a large pyramidal-shaped tree that grows moderately fast, eventually reaching 50 to 60 feet high and 40 to 60 feet wide. It's a native tree that grows well in sun or shade and tolerates drought or dampness.

Project Beauty lists its best attributes: It grows well in poorly drained sites and in heavy soil; the leaves are green on top and white underneath and turn yellow in the fall; it transplants easily; and wildlife eats its acorns.

Seedlings cost $7.

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