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White Oak
Family: Fagaceae
Quercas Alba

Description: The White Oak, as do other oak trees, has a distinct fruit, the acorn. The leaf is distinct from other Oaks due to its rounded tips. The acorn is also distinct from others because the cap of the acorn looks bubbly. The overall White Oak grows to be 18-24 m (60-80 ft.).

Leaves: All oaks have simple leaves that have many lobes around the edges. The leaf is rounded all along the edge. A White Oak leaf is about 5-22.5 cm (2-9 inches).

Habitat: White Oaks grow in dry or moist soil.

Location: There are many White Oaks around campus. One example grows by the path in the Ridgewood courtyard, and some grow in Sachar Woods.

Use: Some acorns of the White Oak are sweet enough to eat raw, but mostly the acorn is best roasted or boiled and dried. Then, the acorn can be either eaten as a nut, dipped in syrup to make into a candy, or ground into meal or flour. The acorns are rich in protein and fat.