Turkey Oak (Quercus cerris)

Turkey Oak (Quercus cerris)

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Common Name(s): Turkey Oak, Turkish Oak

Scientific Name: Quercus cerris

Distribution: Europe and Asia Minor

Tree Size: 80-120 ft (25-37 m) tall, 4-6 ft (1.2-2.0 m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 45 lbs/ft3 (720 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .54, .72

Janka Hardness: 1,200 lbf (5,340 N)*

*Estimated hardness based on specific gravity

Modulus of Rupture: 16,570 lbf/in2 (114.3 MPa)

Elastic Modulus: 1,568,000 lbf/in2 (10.81 GPa)

Crushing Strength: 8,170 lbf/in2 (56.4 MPa)

Shrinkage: Radial: 6.0%, Tangential: 10.0%, Volumetric: 16.0%, T/R Ratio: ~1.7

Color/Appearance: Has a light to medium reddish-brown color.

Grain/Texture: Has medium-to-large pores and a fairly coarse grain.

Rot Resistance: Falls somewhere between durable and moderately durable.

Workability: Turkey Oak is said to work similarly to oaks found in the United States.

Odor: No data available.

Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, oak has been reported as a sensitizer. Usually most common reactions simply include eye and skin irritation, as well as asthma-like symptoms. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.

Pricing/Availability: No data available.

Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: No data available.

Comments: Turkey Oak does not belong to either the White or Red Oak groups, but is divided into a separate group which also includes Cork Oak (Quercus suber), the primary oak species used for cork bottle stoppers.

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