White Oak
Family: Fagaceae (View Members of Fagaceae)

Genus and species: Quercus alba

Leaves: The leaves are 4-9" (10-23cm) long and 2-4" (5-10cm) wide. (View Measured Leaf) Since they fall under the lobed leaves category, they usually contain 5-9 lobes that are each not bristle-tipped at the end. Instead, unlike any of the other Oaks in this guide, they are rounded at the edges of the lobes. The lobes are relatively deep and they form round sinuses. The leaves are green on top, paler beneath and hairless. (View Leaves)

Bark: The bark is light gray and has shallow ridges, forming long scaly plates. (View Bark)

Fruit: Since this is an oak, it has acorns as the fruit of the tree. They are 0.5- 1.25" (12mm-3cm) in length and are more egg-shaped than the Scarlet Oak acorns. They have a pointed tip at the bottom (opposite the cap). The cap is thin, shallow, has fine hairy scales and covers about 1/4 of the fruit.(View Fruit)

Tree: The tree can grow to be 80-100' (24-30m) tall, with a rounded crown and broad branches, as pictured to the left. The trunk will often be divided, growing into spreading branches.

Range and Habitat: These trees can be found from Ontario to Maine, south to Florida, west to Texas and north to Minnesota. They are most commonly found in well-drained, moist regions.

White Oak Tree (Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 9/29/02)
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