White Oak

Scientific Name: Quercus alba

White Oak (Quercus alba)

  • Best known of the oaks, long-lived and large, prized for its value to wildlife, homeowners & woodworkers
  • Leaves  with 7-9 rounded lobes
  • Light gray bark with flaking, scaly plates easily broken
  • Fruit is a ¾ inch acorn, maturing in one year, with a bowl-like cup covering a quarter of the nut, favored by many species of wildlife
  • Hard, strong wood used for flooring, furniture, boat building, and making barrels for aging whiskey, beer and wine

Fun Fact: During the early years of this country, white oak was in big demand for building ships, with buyers traveling hundreds of miles from the coast in search of white oaks large enough and suitable for ship building.  In November 2004, Congress passed legislation designating the oak as America’s National Tree


Big Tree Tour on Terry Trail

  • TREE #5 = 33 inch diameter
  • TREE #14 = 38 inch diameter
  • TREE #16 = 32 inch diameter
  • TREE #22 = 30 inch diameter
  • TREE #30 = 35 inch diameter
  • TREE #33 = 32 inch diameter
  • TREE #39 = 29 inch diameter
  • TREE #40 = 34 inch diameter


Continue the Tree Tour!

This tour was created in partnership with:
Land Trust of North Alabama
Society of American Foresters – Mountain Lakes Chapter
U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station
Alabama A&M Forestry & Ecology Center