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American White Oak is a deciduous hardwood with dozens of subspecies indigenous to North America, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. It was introduced into Europe in the 18th century and flourishes there today. Its typical color is a very light brown; its grain is open with long rays distinguished with occasional crotches, swirls and burls. American White Oak is traditionally sawn into three different types of planks: a) Plainsawn planks which have a cathedral grain appearance, b) Riftsawn planks which have tight straight grain patterns with low figuring, and c) Quartersawn planks which have a grain pattern called “flake” or “tiger”. American White Oak is noted for its adaptability as it flourishes in many different kinds of habitats.