Photos of Quercus alba, White Oaks in the Ozarks, including leaf silhouettes, leafing tips with blooms, acorns, and tree.

Quercus alba, White Oak, is a widespread forest tree in eastern North America, used for material, firewood, furniture, and a host of other uses. The slightly sweet, delicious nuts—the acorns, leached of their potentially toxic bitter tannins, was a staple food by native groups in much of eastern North America. The bark is valued as an astringent for skin conditions, diarrhea, and many other uses. The round-lobed leaves, silver-whitish scaled bark and acorns are simply decorations of the tree's majestic beauty.

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