The favorite oak tree of many, white oak is pleasing in all seasons. One of the better oaks for fall color, many produce attractive red hues. Summer leaves are dark green with distinctive rounded lobes. Even the bark is better than the average oak, maturing into a very lightly colored, semi shaggy plates. Quercus alba is large growing and should be used with adequate root zone to enable full development. It is not the best choice for challenging sites.