Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Red Oak

Quercus rubra
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest: Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Red
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Nesting, Butterfly / Moth Host
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

60 to
75
feet

Spread:

60 to
75
feet
Size
Height: 60 to
75
feet
Spread: 60 to
75
feet
Size
Height: 60 to
75
feet
Spread: 60 to
75
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Pollution tolerant, makes a good choice for a street/urban use tree.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Does not tolerate soil with high pH (limestone/alkaline), will develop chlorosis. Prefers well drained soils. Somewhat more shade tolerant than other oaks. Grows on limestone in Kansas City.
Special Features
Interesting Bark, Nuts
Special Usage
Basic Description

A large, statuesque shade tree, long lived with a relatively fast growth rate and good habit. Young leaves are a reddish color as they unfurl. Mature leaves are shiny dark green, deeply lobed and each lobe comes to a distinct point. Fall color is russet-red to bright red. New root pruning and fertilization techniques in nursery production have made oaks easier to transplant and have given them faster growth rates. Plated and striated bark.

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