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Quercus imbricaria (Shingle Oak)

Shingle Oak, Small-Leaved Oak, Laurel Oak


Quercus imbricaria (Shingle Oak) is a large deciduous tree of pyramidal habit in youth, eventually becoming rounded to broad-rounded with age. The foliage of narrow, oblong, lustrous dark green leaves is unlobed and turns yellow-brown to russet-red in the fall. Emerging tinged-red in spring, the leaves tend to persist throughout most of the winter, rustling as they are blown up into the air by a sudden gust of wind. Inconspicuous yellow-green catkins appear in spring as the leaves emerge. The trunk and spreading branches, with their brownish-gray bark and shallow furrows, provide architectural elegance and winter interest. Its oval acorns are a valuable source of food for small mammals and birds, but they do not ripen until fall of the second year. Shingle oak is relatively easy to transplant. An ornamental and shade tree, it is also suitable for hedges, screens, and windbreaks. It is regarded as a great choice for Western gardens. 

  • Grows up to 40-60 ft. tall and wide (12-18 m).
  • A full sun lover, this tree is easily grown in rich, humusy, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions including dry soils. Drought tolerant.
  • Good pest resistance. Oaks are susceptible to oak wilt, chestnut blight, shoestring root rot, anthracnose, oak leaf blister, cankers, leaf spots and powdery mildew.
  • Toxic to horses.
  • Native to the eastern and central United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 4 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Quercus - Oaks
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 40' – 60' (12m – 18m)
Spread 40' – 60' (12m – 18m)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 4 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Quercus - Oaks
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 40' – 60' (12m – 18m)
Spread 40' – 60' (12m – 18m)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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