White Oak TreeThe Oak - or genus Quercus - are well known in New England. Many famous oaks have lived for hundreds of years. The Charter Oak in Connecticut - a white oak was used to hide important documents in the revolutionary war period. The state quarter for Connecticut shows this oak tree. Massachusetts once minted coins with oak symbols on them. Oak is valued in furniture making.
Oak trees grow very tall. The trunks of the tall trees don't have branches or leaves on them. Only the very top has the leaves.
The White Oak - Quercus alba - can be distinguished from the red oak tree by the bark. On red oak trees the "cracks" in the oak are red and shiny in the center. The white oak trees don't have that red inside. Also, the leaves differ. On the red oak the leaves are pointy. The white oak has soft, rounded leaves.
White Oak Tree Leaves|
The leaves of the White oak tree have many lobes and have smooth edges to them.
White oak Tree Leaves
White Oak Tree Acorns|
White oak acorns are an important source of food for red squirrels throughout the winter.
White Oak Tree Acorns
White Oak Tree Bark|
The bark of a White oak tree is fairly rough, with deep ridges in it.
White Oak Tree Bark
White Oak Tree Foliage|
The foliage of a white oak can be hard to see, depending how tall the tree is.
White Oak Tree Foliage
You can also learn more about the Red Oak Tree
Red Oak vs White Oak - how to tell them apart
Trees of Sutton Massachusetts
Massachusetts Foliage Photo Collection
Sutton Massachusetts Photo Album