Shingle oak

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Laurel oak tree


An Oak, Quercus imbricaria, found in central U.S. Shingle oak is primarily used to make shingles and clapboard for houses.

Synonyms and Related Terms

laurel oak; Quercus imbricaria

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Medium tree growing to 20 m with oval crown
  • Bark=gray-brown with broad ridges and shallow furrows
  • Leaves=lanceolate without any lobes
  • Fruit=small rounded acorns with bowl shaped cap, maturation takes two years

Resources and Citations

  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • Virginia Tech Dendrology website at (accessed Oct. 8, 2005)