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Shingle Oak

Quercus imbricaria


The shingle oak is a distinct species with narrow, smooth-edged leaves with no lobes. Bark is similar to several other red oak species; leaves are unique from most other red oaks.


Central eastern US, extending from eastern Kansas to southern Michigan to North Carolina. The distribution is spotty around the outer edges of its range.

Distribution Map


Moist upland soils and bottomlands, well-drained soil, not usually in swamps.


Oblong, 3 to 8" long, usually with no lobes. Resembles a laurel leaf. Sun leaves are wavy.

Shingle Oak


Gray to dark gray, furrowed, sometimes blocky or scaly on mature trees.

Shingle Oak


Small, 1/2" to 3/4" with shallow caps that cover about 1/3 of the nut. Dark in color when ripe.

Shingle Oak


Look-alike oaks:

Willow Oak - Leaves of both species have no lobes, but those of shingle oak are larger and broader, and acorns are usually larger.

Laurel Oak - Similar leaf shape, but laurel oak is a small tree of the deep south, where shingle oak is nearly absent.

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