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The White oak is one of the preeminent hardwoods of eastern North America. Its wood was used in the famous frigate the USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”). Although its wood is hard, the name hardwood generally refers to all trees that aren’t conifers (such as pine [pic 1], cedar [pic 2], or spruce [pic 3]). The acorns are a valuable food for wildlife such as turkeys, woodpeckers, rabbits [pic 4], squirrels [Pic 5] and deer. White Oak acorns are less bitter than the acorns of Red oaks and were used by local American Indians as a primary source of food.