Shingle Oak
Leaf Characteristics
  • broad, flat
  • simple
  • not lobed
  • smooth margins, entire
  • alternate
  • tipped with needle-like bristle
Shingle Oak
Fruit Characteristics
  • acorn
  • cup without fringe, without long stalk
  • acorn no longer than 1"
  • scales not swollen, mostly flat
  • deeper cup
  • cup covers 1/2 of nut
  • nut usually dark brown
Shingle Oak
Quercus imbricaria

This is the only oak tree in Ohio with smooth, entire leaves, lacking either teeth or notches. The tree grows well in bottomlands and on rich, most slopes, but may be found in varied habitats. Although widely found through Ohio, it seldom is numerous. This is another tree with hard, coarse-grained wood that checks badly during seasoning, hence with limited uses. Its utilization in making shingles during the early days of settlement in Ohio gave this tree its common name.

Tree Size height 40' - 60' diameter 1' - 3' Bark