About This Plant

The shingle oak, scientifically 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. Additionally, shingle oak wood has been used in construction and for making shingles, as the name suggests.

The Story


Shingle Oak leaves are alternate, simple, and typically measure 3 to 6 inches in length. They have a lustrous dark green colour and are oblong to elliptical in shape with serrated edges.


Quercus imbricaria produces acorns as its fruit. The acorns are small and typically measure about 1 to 1.5 centimetres in length. They have a distinct cap that covers a portion of the acorn, and this cap is fringed with small scales. The acorns of Quercus imbricaria are usually ovoid or elliptical in shape and have a glossy, dark brown colour.
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