Northern Red Oak
- Fast-growing tree
- Splendid red fall color
- Good street tree
- Tolerates pollution and compacted soil
- Grows to 60' to 75', 45' spread
- zones 3-8
- Can't ship to: AK, AZ, CA, FL, HI, LA, OR
Zones 3 - 8
The Northern Red Oak can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Northern Red Oak falls into the following type(s): Shade Trees
60' - 75' High
The Northern Red Oak grows to be 60' - 75' feet in height.
The Northern Red Oak has a spread of about 45' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a fast growth rate. [More about this.]
This oak does well in full sun.
The Northern Red Oak grows in acidic, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, clay soils.
This oak has rounded shape.
The Red Oak is an American treasure, and one easy to own. One of its many special features is that it is easier than most trees to transplant and it can tolerate the conditions of cities and towns amazingly well. In parks, along streets and in home landscapes, the tree provides cool shade from its dense crown, brilliant fall colors and a high degree of safety thanks to the superior strength of its wood.
Red oak acorns are at the top of the food preference list for blue jays, wild turkeys, squirrels, small rodents, whitetail deer, raccoons, and black bears. Deer also browse the buds and twigs in wintertime.
The Red Oak has been a favorite of both lumbermen and landscapers since colonial times. The tree has also found favor when transplanted in Europe. It is believed that Bishop Compton's garden, near Fulham in England, received the first Red Oak transplant abroad in the late 17th century. In 1924, there were over 450 acres of Red Oak plantations in Baden, Germany.
Normal moisture with some drought tolerance.
The leaves alternate, simple, 4 to 8 inches long with pointed, spine-tipped lobes. Dark green color turning russet-red to bright red in autumn.
Pale, yellow-green catkins appear at about the same time new foliage is expanding.
The Acorn is round, 3/4 to 1 inch long, flat, thick, saucer like cap, brown.
Bristle-tipped leaves turn red in the fall. Fast growing tree, grows as much as two feet a year for 10 years. The leaves have 7 to 11 waxy lobes. A good street tree, tolerates pollution and compacted soil. Red oak acorns are at the top of the food preference list for blue jays, wild turkeys, squirrels, small rodents, whitetail deer, raccoons, and black bears. Deer also browse the buds and twigs in wintertime. Grows to 60' to 75', 45' spread. (zones 3-8)
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The benefits of bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.