Shingle Oak

The shingle oak, known as Quercus imbricaria, is a deciduous oak tree native to eastern North America. It gets its name from the overlapping or shingle-like arrangement of its leaves.

The Appearance

A medium to large deciduous tree with a broad, rounded crown and glossy, dark green, oblong leaves. It produces small acorns and yellowish-green flowers.


The Produce

Quercus imbricaria produces acorns as its fruit. The acorns are small and typically measure about 1 to 1.5 centimetres in length.


The Flowers

Produces small, yellowish-green flowers in spring, followed by acorns in autumn.


The Leaves

They have a lustrous dark green colour and are oblong to elliptical in shape with serrated edges.


The Bark

The bark is gray and smooth when young, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in forests, parks, and along streets.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and mammals. The acorns are eaten by birds and mammals.


The Culture

Valued for its timber, which is used in construction and furniture making. Often planted for shade.


Fun Facts

The Shingle Oak is named for its historical use in shingle-making due to its strong and durable wood.

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