Oak, Northern Red


Description: Northern Red Oak Trees turn a brilliant red color in the fall. They make excellent shade trees and the wood is in high demand. The Northern Red Oak Shade Tree is considered to be the most important tree in American forests, mainly as a lumber tree for flooring, construction, furniture and fuel. Northern Red Oak Trees have a straight trunk with branches that grow horizontally at right angles that form a round canopy at the top. The bark is distinctive when mature with silvery metallic stripes appearing up and down the trunk. The acorns of the Northern Red Oak Tree are loaded with tannic acid giving a bitter taste, however the acorns are vigorously eaten by deer, squirrels, and other wildlife animals. The tree is well adapted to grow in most soil types, and flourishes near streams. The Northern Red Oak Shade Tree is one of the fastest growing oak trees.

Common Name: Northern Red Oak

Scientific Name: Quercus rubra

Type: Deciduous, Tree

Exposure: Full Sun

Size: 50-65′ height, 50-60′ spread

Summer Foliage Color: Green

Fall Foliage Color: Yellow/Brown to Red

Landscape Use: Shade Tree, Woodland Border

Soil: Well-Drained

Zone: 3 – 8

Growth Rate: Fast

Companion Plants: Spirea. Stop by and visit our garden center and nursery to talk with our staff about other plants in stock.


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