Leaves have rounded lobes and are hairless when mature. Some old light brown leaves are often persistent on the trees over the winter. In spring, the small young leaves are silvery pink and covered with fine hair. Fruit is an acorn. Bark is light gray with overlapping scales. Trees mainly grow in dry woods, but can also be found along roadsides and in pastures.
White oaks have both male and female flowers that appear about the same time as the leaves. The female flowers are tiny little flowers at the base of the leaves. The male flowers are found on long, green, droopy stems.