Shingle Oak (Quercus imbricaria)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Very strongly acid (4.5 – 5.0)
Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 40 to 65 feet (12-20 m)
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruiting Time: Other: Biennial
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

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Location: Exton (Lionville), PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-02-08mature tree in shopping center landscape
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Location: Lionville. PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-06-29planted mature tree
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Location: Lionville, PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-06-29developing acorns
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Location: Glen Ellyn, IllinoisDate: winter in 1980'smaturing tree in winter in park
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Location: Exton (Lionville), PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-02-08most leaves holding in winter
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Location: Lionville, PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-06-29planted mature tree in parkway
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Location: Lionville, PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-06-29summer foliage
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-07-23young planted tree
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Location: DeKalb, IllinoisDate: summer in 1980'smaturing tree on campus
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Location: Exton, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-10-10summer leaves close-up
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Location: Lionville, PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-06-29mature trunk
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-07-23summer leaves
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Location: Exton, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-10-23planted maturing tree
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Location: Exton, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-10-23planted maturing tree in fall color
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Location: Exton, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-10-23autumn foliage
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Location: Exton, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-10-10bark of maturing trunk
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 9, 2017 12:53 PM

Shingle Oak got its name in that settlers used to like its wood for making shingles. The native range of Shingle Oak is from a little bit of Maryland and West Virginia and western Pennsylvania, all through Ohio & Indiana, southwest Michigan, most of Illinois & Missouri & Kentucky, western Tennessee, northern Arkansas, and a little of east Kansas and southern Iowa, growing in bottomlands and in uplands. It grows about 1 foot/year and lives about 200 to 250 years. Its beautiful shiny, leathery leaves are simple with no lobes, getting to 6 inches long and 3 inches wide. They get a good orange fall color and usually remain on the tree brown for most of the winter, like the similar Pin Oak. It bears small acorns to about 5/8 inches long that, like other members of the Black Oak subgroup, mature every two years. Even though it develops a taproot, it is still not difficult to transplant. I see it infrequently planted in some kind of park, school campus, or office park, and every once in awhile in a yard. Some larger, diverse nurseries and some native plant nurseries sell some, and they are mostly used by landscape architects or designers that know about this handsome tree. It should be planted more. I've never seen it in the wild.

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