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Shingle Oak (Quercus imbricaria Michx.)

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Shingle Oak
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A somewhat acharacteristic oak, with simple, unlobed leaves. Found mostly in the midwestern U.S.

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Native or Not Present
Native or Expanded
Expanded or Not Present
Native or Expanded or Not Present

This map is based on our research. We have checked its accuracy to Level 3 ecoregions. Although this plant occurs somewhere in each of these regions, it may only occur in a small part of some or all of them.

This species is occasionally used in landscaping, and can sometimes escape into the wild. It has been introduced in several isolated populations in New York State and Massachussets. We report these as expanded because of their proximity to its native range, but note that this was a tough judgment call and these populations could easily be marked introduced because they are separated from the native range by areas where this species is not found and does not seem to be expanding.


Mostly found on upland sites, in moderately dry to mesic conditions, but also found in ravines and on better-drained sites in bottomlands. Tolerates a range of soil types including soils with some clay, sand, or rocky material, but requires good drainage.

This species overlaps in range with numerous other oaks of the red oak group. It is probably closest related to the Georgia oak (Quercus georgiana), a rare and endangered oak that does not overlap in range, and likely closely related to cherrybark oak (Quercus pagoda) and bear oak (Quercus ilicifolia).

It hybridizes quite commonly with black oak (Quercus velutina); these hybrids are relatively widely distributed from Missouri east to western Pennsylvania and a few sites east and south of there.

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