White Oak (scientific name: Quercusalba) has a heartwood of light to medium brown color with an olive cast. Sapwood is almost white to light brown and not clearly distinguishable from the heartwood. Its texture is coarse and uneven, and grain is straight.

White Oak is commonly found in eastern United States. It is very durable.

Janka Hardness :
5,990 N (1,350 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :
755 kg/m3 (47 lbs/ft3)

Workability :
Good results achieved with either hand tools or machine tools.Turns well and responds well to steam bending. It is good with glues and stains, and finishes well. Moderate to high shrinkage value results in poor dimensional stability, particularly in flat cut/sawn boards. Prone to reacting with iron, especially when wet), which causes discoloration and staining.


Pricing / Availability

White Oak is generally available in ample quantity throughout the domestic markets in a wide array of shapes and sizes, with flat-sawn and quarter-sawn lumber being its in-demand variants. This type of hardwood is a bit more expensive than Red Oak, but it still falls within the moderately priced category of hardwoods. However, its thicker planks, as well as quarter-sawn boards, are pricier.



White Oak is not mentioned on the Cites Appendices or on the IUCN’s Red List.


Common uses

Widely used in manufacturing cabins, furniture, boats, in veneers, for flooring and interior trims, and it is also used in making barrels.




South Carolina


New Jersey


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