White Oak

COLOR / GRAIN VARIATION

Low/Medium

HARDNESS

whiteoak hardness scale

 

COLOR

Typical : Medium Brown
New Color : Medium brown with yellow
Aged Color : No Significant Change

SPECIES BACKGROUND

White oak is impervious to liquids, and has been used extensively for ship timbers, barrels and casks. White oak is the state tree of CT, IL and MD.

WHERE IT GROWS

Widespread throughout the Eastern U.S. The white oak group comprises many species, of which about eight are commercial. The trees prefer rich well-drained soil, and average height is 60 to 80 feet.

RELATIVE ABUNDANCE

15.1 percent of total U.S. hardwoods commercially available.

AVAILABILITY

Excellent

ORIGIN

North America

DESCRIPTION

The sapwood is light-colored and the heartwood is light to dark brown. White oak is mostly straight-grained with a medium to coarse texture, with longer rays than red oak. White oak therefore has more figure.

DID YOU KNOW ?

Native Americans and early settlers would boil and eat white oak acorns.