Shingle Oak (Quercus imbricaria)

DSC03354shingle oak_quercus imbricata3.jpg (111358 bytes) Hardy in zones 4 to 8, the Shingle oak grows to 50 feet tall. It is a large, spreading shade tree, with a pyramidal to oval and later spreading, rounded crown. The lateral lower branches often droop. This is the most cold hardy of the oaks, performing best in full sun. It is very adaptable to poor soils, dry soils, and soils of various pH.
shingle2.jpg (5008 bytes)    The summer foliage is a glossy, dark green. Leaves are oblong, and unlike other oaks, are not lobed. .
shingle oak fall foliage (3319 bytes) oak,shingle fall (9845 bytes)      The fall color is yellow to rusty red
shingle oak acorns (5221 bytes) The acorn is small, inch long, and requires two seasons to mature. It is often borne in clusters of 2 or 3, with a cap covering almost half of the oval nut.
oak,shingle1b.jpg (4786 bytes) The bark is grey-brown with broad ridges and shallow furrows.

 

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

 

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