Quercus imbricaria - summer leaves
  • Quercus imbricaria - summer leaves
  • Quercus imbricaria - autumn colour developing

Quercus imbricaria


(Shingle Oak) Native to eastern North America, Quercus imbricaria is a medium sized, vigorous tree with long narrow, unlobed leaves.

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Native to eastern North America, Quercus imbricaria is a medium sized, vigorous tree with long narrow, unlobed leaves. These leaves are glossy, dark green in spring and summer turning shades of golden-yellow and purple in autumn before falling.

Established specimens have smooth greyish-brown bark which were used by early settlers for shingles on roofs (hence the common name of 'Shingle Oak'). Best autumn colour will be seen once established if planted in an area with plenty of sun.

  • Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
  • Soil: Moist yet well drained, fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Rate of Growth: Vigorous.
  • Habit: Quercus imbricaria grows to be a medium sized to large tree, pyramidal when young with a more rounded crown once mature.
    • Height: 15 - 20 m (50 - 65 ft)
    • Spread: 10 - 12 m (32 - 40 ft)
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Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun, Light Shade
Eventual Size
Tree - Medium, Tree - Large
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Not Fussy, Soil Type: Damp / Wet
Special Features
Autumn Colour, Foliage - Unusual Shape, Rare and Unusual

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