Handsome and sturdy, the white oak is named for its whitish bark and grey twigs. White Oaks are large, long-lived, and slow-growing trees, reaching heights of 60 to 150 feet, with diameters between 3 to 4 feet. Their glossy, bright green leaves have rounded lobes, five to seven per leaf. The species is found commonly throughout Maryland.
Leaves of White Oak, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, 1998. Photo by Ann J. Baker.
White oaks produce prime hardwood lumber with a fine, almost watertight grain, excellent for barrel staves.
Bark of White Oak, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, 1998. Photo by Elizabeth W. Newell.
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