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Quercus rubra

Northern Red Oak

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Quercus rubra (Northern Red Oak)

This long-lived, statuesque shade tree has a relatively fast growth rate. As new leaves unfurl, they are reddish while mature leaves are shiny dark green, deeply lobed with a distinct point. Fall brings color from russet-red to bright red. Nursery production techniques in fertilization and root pruning have made the oak easier to transplant and given it faster growth and acorn production rates.

Additional Information:


Height
60-75 Feet

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Spread
60-75 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 3-7

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum), Brilliant Red Chokeberry (Aronia brillantissima), Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus), Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida), Green Hawthorn (Crataegus viridis), Bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FACU

Nature Attracting

Songbird

Season of Interest

Mid (May-June)
Winter (Nov-Mar)
Late (July-frost)
Early (Feb-Apr)

Soil Moisture

Moderate
Average

Special Features

Interesting Bark
Nuts

Sun Exposure

Full Sun
Medium Sun/Average Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Birds
Nesting
Cover
Food/Small Animals