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Shingle Oak (Quercus imbricaria)

Photo credit: Pat Breen, OSU

This adaptable tree will thrive along the street or in your backyard. Mature trees are stately with a broad form with spreading branches. The perfect tree for providing shade on hot summer days.

Power Line Approved: No

Min. street tree planting width: 6 feet

Mature Height: 50-60 feet

Mature Spread: 50 feet

Tree Shape: Broad pyramidal

Where to Plant:
Excellent street tree option for planting strips without overhead wires and at least 6 feet wide. Also makes a great yard tree.

Dark green leaves turn yellow-brown in fall. Leaves tend to stay on trees through winter.

Acorns provide a great source of food for wildlife.

Photo credit: Will Cook

Preferred Site Conditions:
Plant in full sun. Prefers well drained soils, but adaptable to wide range of soils.

Potential Problems:
Good pest resistance, but can be susceptible to oak wilt, anthracnose, and cankers.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

Photo credit: Pat Breen, OSU

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