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Where do White Oak trees get their name from?

Asked by simone54 (7562 points ) February 17th, 2014

I mean, why are they call WHITE oaks. Is it something about the color of the wood or something different?

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Coloma's avatar

Yes, it is about coloring/species appearance. In CA. we have Black Oaks.
Same concept, blackish bark and dark wood.

dougiedawg's avatar

If you place white oak flooring alongside red oak flooring, you can better see the difference.

The white oak’s wood is lighter in hue though not really white. Red oak has of course a reddish hue and is less expensive and more commonly used because it has greater color variation than the wood of the white oak.

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