White Oak Species

White Oak Species

White oak is a sub species of the genus Quercus which contains hundreds of types of trees. Oak tree is a common deciduous tree which can be categorized as two groups, namely, white oak and red oak. They have been used for various purposes for human beings for a long time. One of the most important usages of oak trees is building ships and canoes.

White oak is one of the two categories of oak trees. There are a variety of white oak species which can be found around the globe such as post oak trees, chinquapin oak trees and chestnut oak trees. Each of them can be used for different purposes. For instance, post oak is a great material for building fences and walls.

Most oak trees can grow up to 30 meters in height and one of the distinguished characters of white trees is their round leave shape. They usually have light grey or white barks which can be a great view for you backyard. There are many variations of white oak trees today due to the various hybrid species. Some of them have minor difference. For instance, the different of Q. pedunculata and the Common Oak is only on how many acorns are attached on the branches.

Although white oak trees can grow to a massive height, its growth rate is very slow. Generally oak trees have long life expectation and most of them can live more than 500 years. It generates beautiful flowers in summer and produce acorns in autumn. White oak trees have quick acorn production and the transition from the flower into acorn just takes about one year. The wood of white oak trees are very good quality material for building furniture and floor. It is also used in some industries such as railway and shipping. Some of the white oak species are also used in leather industry because of the tannins generated from them. Acorns are delicious food for people and animals. The raw acorns have slightly bitter taste and the oil extracted from the acorns can be used for medical purposes as well.

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