White Oak

 Other Common Names/Trade Names: None
Scientific Name: Quercus alba
Best Characteristics for Identification: Ring porous with abundant tyloses. Latewood pores in flame tracts. Rays very long on tangential face, often over 1/2″ long. Banded parenchyma.
Uses: Veneer, Lumber, furniture, cabinets, flooring, caskets, boats, pulp.
General Natural Range: Minnesota south to eastern Texas. Eastward to the Atlantic coast. North to Maine and southern Quebec.
Identical or Nearly Identical Species: Numerous other oaks in the white oak group.
Other Species Easily Confused With: Red oaks
Means of Distinguishing Similar Species : White oak has tyloses whereas red oak does not. Rays on the tangential face tend to be much longer in white oak than red oak. Red oak is tinged in red whereas white oak is not.whiteoak_tan