Northern Red Oak

Quercus rubra

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  • Northern Red Oak | Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) Photo: Nicholas A. Tonelli
  • Northern Red Oak | Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) Photo: Nicholas A. Tonelli
  • Northern Red Oak | Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) Photo: Nicholas A. Tonelli
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Basic Information

Other names

Champion Oak

Order

Fagales

Family

Fagaceae

Size

75 - 140 ft

Leaf Color

Green, Red Fall Foliage

Leaf Arrangement

Alternate

Leaf Complexity

Simple

Leaf Shape

Elliptical, Ovate

Blooming Season

Spring

Bloom Color

Yellow, Green Brown

Attracts

Wildlife

Northern Red Oak Habitat

Northern Red Oaks (Quercus rubra) thrive in the forests of the eastern U.S. It grows well in full sun but is shade tolerant and does well in a variety of soil types. Its versatility makes it one of the most common trees in the east.

Northern Red Oak Facts

Northern Red Oaks (Quercus rubra) are impressively massive hardwood trees. It is not common for them to reach well over 120 ft. They have straight trunks that shoot up branchless to a sprawling canopy. Its dark bark has deep furrows. It is the most widespread of the eastern U.S. Oak species and is the most important lumber species. It is also an important source of food for wildlife. Its massive canopy provides habitat for songbirds and its abundant acorns feed many types of wildlife. It is fast growing, resistant to cold weather and if you take a hike in the Appalachians you’ll likely pass quite a few!

Northern Red Oak Distribution



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