“If oak is the king of trees, as tradition has it, then the white oak, throughout its range, is the king of kings.” – Donald Peattie
The white oak tree is found throughout forests in the eastern half of the United States. It is tall, stately tree which can grow up to 100 feet tall, and live as long at 600 years. It can be easily identified by its scaly bark and its “classic” oak leaf – large with rounded lobes. Ecologically, this tree is important for biodiversity as it provides food and shelter for many different species including at least two moths who rely solely on the white oak as caterpillars.
The white oak was once used extensively for its wood, but over time, it has been mostly replaced by faster growing oak species. Native americans were also used the white oak medicinally to treat a variety of ailments including coughing and asthma.
This wonderful oak now graces the ceiling of the Tiny House as the beams that support the tulip poplar ceiling and the roof of our house.