Quercus rubra

Scientific name: Quercus rubra

Synonym: Quercus borealis


Common names: “Northern red oak” “American red oak” “red oak”

Plant Type: Deciduous tree


Zone: 4-8

Light: Full sun

Exposure: Exposed or sheltered

Soil: Prefers fertile deep acidic soil, adapts to a wide range

Moisture: Moist well drained


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Plant Size: 50-75′ H & W , fast growing

Leaf and Stem shape: Broad toothy lobed leaves turning red in autumn, smooth silver grey  bark

Flower: Inconspicuous greenish flowers followed by acornsImage result for quercus rubra

Pruning: Minimal, only remove DDD’s, any necessary cuts are best done in winter

Maintenance: Low, leaf raking

Landscape use: Park or estate tree, good timber tree

Propagate: By seed and grafting

Pests & Disease: Can see oak wilt but its very rare

Comments: Too large for the average backyard, native to eastern North America

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