Quercus imbricariaQuercus imbricaria

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Quercus imbricaria
  • PRONUNCIATION: KWER-kus im-bri-KA-ri-a
  • COMMON NAME: Shingle or Laurel Oak
  • FAMILY: Fagaceae
  • NATIVITY: Southwestern Pennsylvania to the Carolinas, to the midwestern U.S.
  • GROWTH HABIT: Pyramidal in youth, becoming rounded, 50'-60' (100') tall.
  • HARDINESS: Zone 4-8
  • CULTURE: Moist, rich, acid, well-drained soils in full sun; adapts to drier conditions, tolerant of alkaline soils.
  • FACULTATIVE STATUS:  Facultative
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Useful as a screen; transplants with less difficulty than other oaks.
  • FOLIAGE: Alternate, simple, 2 ½" - 6" long, oblong or lanceolate, bristle-tipped apex, entire margin straight or wavey; persists while dormant. Acorns mature in two years.
  • BUDS: Brown, 1/8" long.
  • BARK: Gray-brown.
  • FRUIT: Nut (acorn) about ¾" with involucre (cup) covering 1/2 to 1/3 of nut. Acorns mature in two years.
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