THE SHINGLE OR LAUREL OAK.
Q. imbricaria, Michx.
The shingle or laurel oak may be met in any woodland from Pennsylvania to Nebraska, and south to Georgia and Arkansas. It may be large or small; a well-grown speci men reaches sixty feet, with a broad, pyramidal, open head.
The chief beauty of the tree, at any season, is the foliage massódark, lustrous, pale lined, the margin usually un broken by any indentations. In autumn the yellow,
channelled midribs turn red, and all the blades to purplish crimson, and this color stays a long time. It is a wonder ful sight to see the evening sunlight streaming through the loose, open head of a laurel oak. No wonder people plant it for shade and for the beauty it adds to home grounds and public parks.