Quartered English Brown Oak

(Quercus fagaceae) The wood has all the characteristics of normal white oak, including pronounced coarse grain in early wood, smooth grain in the latewood, and large rays that are exaggerated when quarter sliced. English brown oak is actually lumber from an English white oak that has been killed by mushrooms growing on it. The mushroom produces an acid that colors the heartwood brown but in the process breaks down the cell structure and kills the tree.

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