The turkey oak is a perfect choice for a smallish
canopy tree (25-50 ft.) in dry, sandy conditions. Turkey oak
is moderately fast growing and belongs in a native
The bark and twigs of turkey oak contain valuable
materials for tanning leather. Turkey oak is named so for
its 3-lobed leaves, which resemble a turkeys foot. Because the oak
tree was dedicated to Thor, the mythological god of thunder, it
was believed that an oak tree could never be struck by lightning.
A possible carry over from the folklore are acorn-shaped wooden
pulls which are thought to protect a house.