Heartwood is a light to medium brown, commonly with an olive cast. Nearly white to light brown sapwood is not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood. Quartersawn sections display prominent ray fleck patterns. Conversely, Red Oak tends to be slightly redder, but is by no means a reliable method of determining the type of oak.
Although dense, strong and durable, White Oak has excellent bending properties. It machines, nails, screws and finishes well. White Oak is an excellent hardwood for use in flooring, furniture, cabinetry, millwork and boat building.