The white oak is a common oak species found in both the Lower and Upper Peninsulas, though less frequently found in the Upper Peninsula. It can grow on a variety of different soils, but does not grow well when those soils are poorly drained.
The leaf of a white oak has lobed leaf margins and the tips of the leaf are rounded. When comparing the white oak leaf to the red oak, it is easy to tell the difference because the red oak has pointed leaf tips.
The bark of a white oak is light gray in color. It typically is scaly or has thick ridges but can be quite variable between trees.
Oak trees are considered “mast” trees – which mean the produce a fruit – specifically acorns. These are considered “hard mast” because the outer shell of the acorn is hard, with a seed found enclosed inside. The acorns on a white oak have a warty cup, which is the top of the acorn.
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