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RE: Many categories of Oaks12/7
There seems to be many, many varieties of oaks. However, when selling these oaks, most of them are categorized under 2 sections, red or white oak.
Thus, my question is whether American Northeast Pin Oak is closer to red oak or closer to white oak?
Also, is a black oak considered part of red or white oak?
How are all the other oaks categorized?
What other oaks are closer to white oak and what oaks are closer to red oak?
There are two types of oak...red oak and white oak. The red oaks have pointed leaves and the white oaks, rounded. The red oaks have sweet acorns and red ask, bitter. Many, but not all, white ask have the large vessels plugged in the heartwood, while red oaks are open. There are about 20 commercial lumber species of red oaks and 20 white oaks. Within the red oak group are red oak, southern red, black, cherrybark, pin, and so on. Within the white oak group are white oak, bur, chestnut, swamp white, and more.
In lumber manufacturing, we have four groups...northern red oak, southern red, northern white and and southern white. These four have different processing, especially drying.