Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Shingle Oak

Quercus imbricaria
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest: Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: Green
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Nesting
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

50 to
60
feet

Spread:

50 to
70
feet
Size
Height: 50 to
60
feet
Spread: 50 to
70
feet
Size
Height: 50 to
60
feet
Spread: 50 to
70
feet
Typical Landscape Use
A large, finer textured oak (leaves) for a shade tree. Wood was used for making shingles.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Tolerant of city conditions & disturbed areas. Adaptable to various soil moisture levels and low to high pH.
Basic Description

The leaves of the this oak are fairly long and narrow and do not have lobes as is typical of the oaks. A relatively fast growing tree with dark green leaves turning gorgeous russet brown and yellow tones in fall. Holds its leaves in winter especially if hit by a hard freeze while still green. Bark is gray-brown with broad, low ridges. Could be the longest lived oak when planted in ornamental conditions. New root pruning and fertilization techniques in nursery production have made oaks easier to transplant and have given them faster growth rates.

Special Features
Special Usage

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