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Shingle Oak

Quercus imbricaria

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Characteristics:
This medium-sized shade tree has beautiful rounded leaves more closely resembling a laurel than an oak.

Growing Conditions:
Ideally moist, well-draining and acidic soil

Uses:
As you might guess from the name, its wood was used for shingles at one point

Height:
60' at maturity

Width:
70' at maturity

Shape:
Broad-spreading

Flowers:
catkins in mid-spring that are the golden male flowers

Leaves:
simple, non-lobed leaves with entire margins

Bark:
moderately ridged and shallowly furrowed with age

This tree is the only common oak variety in the Midwestern U.S.