Latin name: Quercus alba and related species
Common name(s): White Oak, with at least 10 commercially harvested members in this group
Sources: North America
Characteristics: Sharp contrast between coarse early wood and smooth late wood. Early wood vessels are typically occluded with a substance called tyloses. Heartwood color is light brown to light gray to medium brown. Large rays produce pronounced flake appearance across the grain when the wood is quarter sliced. Rift cutting minimizes the flake appearance.
Common cuts: Plain sliced, Quarter sliced, Rift cut
Uses: Kitchen and bath cabinetry, fine furniture, architectural millwork, molding, flooring, architectural as wall paneling, casework, office furniture.