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Quercus alba

Common namescarvalho branco, chene blanc, chene du Quebec, Quebec oak, stave oak, white oak
Ecocrop code9097

DESCRIPTION: It is a spreading or upright, broad leaf, deciduous tree reaching 18-24 m or up to 30 on favourable sites and about 1.5 m in dbh. The bark is whitish or ashy gray, varying from scaly to irregularly platy or blocky. It is slow-growing and may live up to 600 years. The leaves are alternate, simple, oblong to ovate in shape, pinnately veined with an evenly lobed margin, 10-18 cm long. The apex is rounded and the base is wedge-shaped. The leaves often has beautiful fall colours. USE: The acorns are edible, they are usually boiled to remove bitter tannins. It is planted as an ornamental tree because of its broad round crown, dense foliage, and purplish-red to violet-purple fall coloration. The wood is an important source of wood for furniture, veneer, panelling, flooring and also as high quality firewood. It has been used to make railroad ties, fenceposts, mine timbers, ships, and caskets. It is used for reforestation and it is a good cover and browse tree for wildlife. GROWING PERIOD: Perennial. COMMON NAMES: White oak. FURTHER INF: It can be found throughout most of eastern United States. grows on a wide range of soils and sites. It is found on podzols, gray-brown podzolic soils, brown podzolic soils, red and yellow podzolic soils, lithosols, planasols, and alluviums. The tree grows on both glaciated and non-glaciated soils derived from many parent materials. It is found on sandy plains, gravelly ridges, rich uplands, coves, and well-drained loamy soils. Growth is good on all but the driest, shallowest soils.
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