Shingle Oak

Quercus imbricaria

Family: Fagaceae (fag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Quercus (KWER-kus) (Info)
Species: imbricaria (im-brik-KAY-ree-a) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


over 40 ft. (12 m)


over 40 ft. (12 m)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Pale Yellow

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

4.5 or below (very acidic)

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Aurora, Illinois

Dekalb, Illinois

Park Ridge, Illinois

Logansport, Indiana

Benton, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Chaska, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Maryville, Missouri

Piedmont, Missouri

Cincinnati, Ohio

Exton, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Christiana, Tennessee

Dickson, Tennessee

Elmwood, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 16, 2013, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

Good looking shade tree that grows about 1 ft/yr and lives about 200 to 250 years. Doesn't really have a taproot and is grown by some big nurseries. Occassionally found in a few spots in its native range and occassionally planted in landscapes. Usually it is landscape architects or designers that use it, as the general public does not know this tree. I've seen it planted at Northern University in DeKalb, IL and in park districts in Glen Ellyn and Aurora, IL., and at a post office in Exton, PA.


On Apr 6, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Zone 4 hardy but rarely grown outside of public displays.


On Jun 18, 2004, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have several mature shingle oaks on my property. They have an unattractive habit of retaining all their lower dead branches, making them look scraggly. Maybe in parks they get pruned off but mine are pretty high up. This oak has an unlobed leaf...I was surprised 30 years ago to find out that they were oaks...I figured it out when I saw them bearing acorns!


On Jun 17, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Mainly a tree of the Midwest and Upper South, the Shingle Oak ranges from PA to KS....MI to TN. Mature trees can get quite large.

Our City Park boasts several wonderful examples. They do best in well drained soil and do not like their feet to stay wet.

Shingle Oak is a member of the Red Oak family. The single bristle tip on the end of the smooth leaves shows that it is. It is a non-evergreen oak, and the leaves are longer and wider than others that are similar. Water and Arkansas Oaks have smooth leaves, but they are wider at the tips.