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Shingle Oak
Shingle Oak

Shingle Oak

Quercus imbricaria
Shingle Oak

Shingle oak is native to a much more limited area then either pin or red oak. It ranges from the Mississippi to South Jersey, growing on moist sites or adjacent to streams. Not a common tree in Central Park. Common and scientific names derived from the fact that its wood was once used to make shingles because it could be split so easily. The Single oak has a tendency to hold on to its leaves long into the winter, adding nice warm brown tones to the gray winter landscape.

Medium-sized, up to 70 feet. Mature trees have an open canopy and massive wide-spreading branches; younger trees have a dense canopy.

• Best specimen: Southwest of Conservatory Water at Pilgrim Hill tree is estimated to be 150 years old
• Behind Pat Hoffman Friedman Playground, inside the Park at 79th Street and Fifth Avenue
• East of sand volleyball court on the east side of Sheep Meadow at 67th Street

Shingle Oak BarkShingle Oak Bark
Grayish-brown with broad, irregular ridges and very shallow furrows.
Shingle Oak FlowerShingle Oak Flower
Male and female flowers grow on the same tree. Male flowers borne on slender catkins, female on short spikes and appearing with the leaves in spring.
Shingle Oak FruitShingle Oak Fruit
Acorn is 5/8 inch long, 1/3 - 1/2 covered by thin, bowl-shaped cap with reddish-brown scales. Matures in fall.
Shingle Oak LeafShingle Oak Leaf
Simple alternate, oblong, serrated margin 3 to 6 inches long. Leathery dark green on top, paler underneath.
Steve Baskauf,
Matthew Brown, Central Park Conservancy
Neil Calvanese, Central Park Conservancy

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