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.
|Latin Name||Quercus imbricaria
|Color of Leaf||Dark green, glossy|
|Shape of Leaf||Narrow, oblong, smoothed margined, 3″to 6″long, 1″to 2″ wide|
|Color of Flower||Inconspicuous yellowish-green|
|Shape of Flower||Separate male & female catkins|
|Fruit Characteristics||Acorns to 3/4″ long, scaly cups cover 1/3 of acorn length, ripen and drop fall of 2nd year|
|Bark Characteristics||Brownish-gray, shallow furrowing & ridging at maturity|
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.