White Oak
White Oak bark
White Oak leaf
White Oak plaque
White Oak
Recognition Features 

Alternate, simple, lobed leaves; bark light gray with lengthwise fissures and longitudinal scaly plates

Historical Notes 

White oak was used extensively in the American Colonies for shipbuilding.  The gun deck of the U.S.S. Constitution was made entirely of white oak.  Many ships, even during the World War II era, used oak in their keels.  Barrels for alcohol (wine and whiskey) were and continue to be made of white oak.  Wood from the white oak is considered to be the best all-around hardwood of North America (Peattie 1964).

This tree has been designated as a Denison Memorial Tree in memory of Julie Karmann - Denison Class of 2014.

JULIANA M. KARMANN - age 18 - November 19, 2010 Juliana was planning to have a busy Thanksgiving week while home from college. Unfortunately, an automobile accident near Cary, Ohio on the drive home resulted in her untimely death. A freshman at Denison University, she was everybody's best friend, and could always be counted on for support. She gave people the courage to be themselves and not be ashamed of it. She was a very loving, caring person, who had an insane love for life and everyone around her. Julie graduated from Detroit Country Day School this past June after 14 years there, starting in Pre-Kindergarten. Nearly 100 of the school's faculty, staff, and family members gathered on Saturday for a candlelight vigil, and there was a student assembly in her memory on Monday. Headmaster, Glen P. Shilling has fond memories of the magna cum laude student who appeared in numerous theater productions, played on the softball and volleyball teams, was president of the French Club, and volunteered for everything from mentoring underclassmen at Country Day to serving as a mentor during a yearly event at Logan Elementary School in Detroit. “Julie Karmann was co-captain of the Country Day Lady Yellow Jackets varsity softball team in her senior year,” he said. “As the Lady Jackets played in a state tournament softball game, Julie asked me between innings if she could paint my face blue and gold as a demonstration of my spirit and support for the team. Reluctant to have paint on my face all afternoon, I agreed if the team won the game as an incentive to qualify to play in the second tournament game of the day.” The Lady Jackets prevailed in the first game, and Karmann met Shilling at the dugout equipped with blue and gold paint after celebrating the first game victory with her teammates. “She laughed and giggled the whole time as she plastered her headmaster's face with blue and gold paint”, Shilling said. “Then, she thanked me for being a good sport, gave me a hug and led her team onto the field.” Shilling described Karmann as the “quintessential Country Day scholar-athlete-artist”. “Julie was an intense athletic competitor and leader of her varsity softball team, a beautiful vocalist in our choir and an actress in several theatrical performances including 'You Can't Take It With You', 'Sweeney Todd', and 'Les Miserables'”, he said. “Julie will be missed by all who knew and loved her”. Julie was a vibrant young woman who traveled extensively. She loved reading, electronic games, and shoes. She was very competitive and willed herself into becoming a good athlete.

This tree reduces atmospheric carbon by 1634 lbs per year! It also conserves 426 kilowatt/hours of energy by cooling its surroundings.
Scientific Name 
Quercus alba L.
Scientific Family 
Beech Family
Common Family 
Denison Tree ID 
South side of Smith Hall