including whitetail deer, grey squirrels, raccoons,
and opossum. White oak bark is whitish to ashy gray, varying from scaly on
smaller stems to irregularly platy or blocky on large stems. On older trees,
smooth patches are not uncommon.
Before it was destroyed in a thunderstorm in 2002, the Wye Oak was the
honorary state tree of Maryland. Located in rural Talbot County on the
Eastern Shore, it was the largest white oak tree in the United States. It
was thought to be over 460 years old, and its trunk measured 31 feet 10
inches in circumference (more than 10 feet in diameter). It was 96 feet
tall, and had a crown spread of 119 feet. Wood from the destroyed tree was
used to build a desk for the Maryland governor's office.
On our own campus, the Chapel Oak on the East side of Memorial Chapel is
white oak. This icon of the landscape has a
trunk that is 50 inches in diameter, a crown spread of 43 feet, and is 61