White Oak

      FAMILY: Beech
      HEIGHT: 60 TO 120 ft.

      White Oak is the best known Oak of all. Common throughout New England, its beauty attracted the attention of early colonists. In open places White Oak develops a broad, symmetrical crown and majestic appearance. The light gray, scaly bark is characteristic; so are the leaves, with five to nine rounded lobes. Young opening leaves are pinkish or red, as are the leaves in autumn.

      White Oak prefers rich soil but grows slowly. The large, pointed acorns in shallow cups wer eaten by Indians. It is an outstanding lumber tree, used for furniture, boats, and barrel.s