Unlike other oaks, Shingle Oak has ovate leaves without any lobes. Leathery leaves emerge red and mature to deep green. Leaves turn golden-bronze to red in the fall, and persist into late winter. Shingle oak has a pyramidal growth habit when young, and broadens out as it matures. A beautiful shade tree for large yards and public areas, it can tolerate drought once established. All native oaks are important larval food sources for many butterfly species, and attract migratory birds.