White Oak

Quercus spp.

Known also as Northern white oak and Southern white oak.

Where it grows

White Oak grows throughout Eastern USA.


Sapwood light coloured  leuki drys

light to dark brown

Grain straight

80-100 ft with diameter 3'-4'

Average weight at 12% M.C ( kg/m³) 769
Specific gravity at 12 % M.C. 0.68
Average Volumetric Shrinkage Green to 6 % M.C (%)   12.6
Crushing strength


Bending strength  medium
Modulus of Elasticity (Mpa) 12,273
 Hardness (N) 6049
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Drying item40
Machining item40
Wood Bending item40
 Gluing item40
Nailing item40
Finishing  item40

End Uses

Construction, flooring, joinery, mouldings, panelling, doors, cabinets, furniture, railway sleepers, bridges, barrel staves and caskets.


The heartwood is very resistant to preservative treatment and the sapwood is moderately resistant to treatment. A hard and heavy wood similar in colour and appearance to European oak. The most important hardwood for export.


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