Shingle Oak

Arbor walk #85, TreeKeeper ID #2317

This atypical oak lacks the normal lobed leaf structure seen in other oak species. Its common name derives from the fact that early settlers in the Midwest often used wood from the tree to shingle their roofs. This oak’s acorns drop every other year and have large caps that cover the ½ inch fruit. While it is commonly found in the Ohio River Valley, the tree grows natively from Pennsylvania to Missouri, and is a very popular shade tree because it is considered to be low-maintenance and adaptable to a wide range of conditions. 

Common NameShingle Oak
Latin NameQuercus imbricaria
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Relationship of Quercus imbricaria to other species in the Arboretum

Global Distribution of Shingle Oak

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