Quercus imbricaria – Shingle Oak


Q. imbricaria – Shingle Oak -This spreading, deciduous tree from Central and Eastern USA grows 70′ feet tall and 50′ feet wide.It has smooth bark at first later becoming wrinkled and warty, becoming purplish pink with wide shallow fissures.It produces oblong or narrowly oval shaped, smooth edged, glossy , dark green leaves, to 8″ long, gray-hairy beneath, turning yellow-brown in autumn, and normally persisting to spring.It bears solitary, nearly spherical acorns that are half enclosed in a bowl shaped cup with thin red scales.Used by early settlers for roofing shingles.

Grow in deep, fertile, well drained soil in sun or partial shade, evergreen species prefer full sun.They tolerate alkaline soils unless stated otherwise.

zones 5-8