American White Oak

General Description

The heartwood can vary in color from light tan or pale yellow-brown to dark or pale brown, and can have a pinkish tint. The wood usually has a straight, open grain and its medium to course in texture. It is longer ray than red oak, and therefore displays more figures, which can include swirls, crotch pattern.


White oak grows down the eastern side of North America from Canada to Florida.

Common Uses

American White Oak is used in virtually every way you can imagine. From joinery, interior trim, ad flooring to furniture and cabinet making, also sliced for figured veneers and rotary-cut plywood.


The heartwood is resistant to decay, but the wood can be attacked by ambrosia beetles and other insects.

Physical Properties