50 Seeds Shingle Oak Acorn Tree Seeds, Live Oak Tree Seeds, Quercus imbricaria, Washed and ProcessedRegular price $13.50 Save $-13.50
shingle oak Acorns, 1/2 to 2/3 inch long are topped with a thin cap enclosing the top 1/3 of the nut. Part care: Although it has a taproot, shingle oak can be easier to transplant than some oaks. Shingle oak got its name because the naturalist who discovered it noticed that French colonists in Illinois were using the wood to make roofing shingles. The leaves resemble those of laurel (bay),
It is said that early French Creole colonists in Illinois used this species of oak to provide wooden shingles for their homes (it can easily be split into thin sheets); apparently some traditionalists in the South still use it for housing shingles. It also makes a nice ornamental tree.
The acorns are eaten by many species of birds and mammals.Shingle oak is native to the central and eastern U.S. and tends to grow to 50 to 60 feet tall. Co-national champion trees are in Cincinnati, Ohio (105 feet) and Nashville, Tenn. (107 feet). Shingle oak ( Quercus imbricaria) is a small to medium sized tree with a rather broad rounded crown. It is a member of the broad red oak group ( red, black, blackjack, pin, northern pin, shingle ), although when first observed, one would not guess that it is a oak tree.
Early settlers in North America used this tree to make shingles, leading to the common name - shingle oak. The species name - imbricaria - is derived from the Latin word imbricatus, which means overlapping. Shingle oak is an easy oak to grow and adapts to various sites. While it prefers rich, moist, acidic soil and full sun, it is tolerant of drought, urban conditions and slightly alkaline soil.
Shingle oak is easy to transplant. Because of its very strong wood, this oak is not subject to storm damage. Hardiness: Winter hardy to USDA Zone 4.