Red Oak Tree

Red Oak

Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

Red Oak is a superb tree that rivals the Pin Oak for ease of transplanting.  The lustrous dark green leaves change to russet-red and red in fall.  As it matures, the shape becomes more rounded.  Red Oak is adaptable to extremes of soil, but prefers acidic, well drained sites.  The root system of a Red Oak is shallow compared to that of most oaks, and in extreme drought conditions trees may suffer.

Mature Height: 40′-75′

Mature Spread: 40′-75′

Zone: 4

Sunlight: Full sun

Soil Preference: Tolerant to a wide variety of soils, but grows best on acidic, well drained soils.

Nurseryman’s Notes: One of my very favorite oaks!  This native has a moderate growth rate  (12″-24″ per year) in adolescence and slows with age.  Few pest or disease problems and tolerant of tough planting sites.  This tree has hard wood, and will resist wind and ice damage.

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