White Oak (Witness Oak Jr.)

55 Fairview Avenue, Marietta PA

This tree (photo not yet available), now reported to be approximately 100 years old, was grown from an acorn of the Donegal Witness Tree [see www.lancastercountytrees.org/donegal-witness-tree].  A second, younger offspring of the Witness Tree is growing on the Donegal Church grounds (see separate entry).

This amazing species contains protective cellular structures (called tyloses) that make the wood water- and rot-resistant. White Oak is thus used by coopers to make wine and whiskey barrels, and also in years past by shipbuilders.

Lynn Alarie


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