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Audubon® Southern Red Oak
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Southern Red Oak asks for little but gives so much! This tough, tenacious southern shade tree grows on the poorest soils without complaint, growing into a grand specimen with a tall, straight trunk and a beautiful arching canopy. Southern Red Oaks offer safe and secure nesting sites and food in abundance. Oak Trees’ acorns are always a hit with larger birds like Turkeys, Woodpeckers, and Blue Jays, but Southern Red Oaks acorns are small, making them manageable for even smaller birds like Titmice and Nuthatches. For insectivorous birds, a smorgasbord awaits in the form of caterpillars, leafhoppers, bugs, and beetles that feed on the foliage.
May Benefit & Attract: Turkeys, woodpeckers, nuthatches, jays, and titmice
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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Size AA (2-3' tall) container grown
Size B (8-9' tall) container grown
- Hardiness Zone: 6-9
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Since the seventeenth century, Southern Red Oak has also been known as the Spanish Oak, though nobody knows why. It has nothing to do with Spain. This is an American tree, native primarily to the southeastern states, but also reaching up into southeastern New York and southern Illinois. In the South, it grows prolifically, even on badly eroded red clay soils. In better sites, it becomes a regal specimen. The two national co-champions live in Virginia. One is currently 92 feet tall, with a trunk that’s eight-and-a-half feet wide. The other is 140 feet tall, with a seven-foot trunk.
Have you ever come across one of those funny walking stick insects? With Southern Red Oak, you may get your chance. Oaks are one common food source for these bizarre animals. Very cool.
How to Grow
Plant your Southern Red Oak in an area where it will have lots of elbow room and will receive full sun all day. It is not fussy about soil and will be quite drought tolerant once it’s established. Water regularly during the first couple of years while it is putting down roots. Little pruning will be necessary, but if you must prune, do so only between December and February. The fungal disease Oak Wilt can strike when Oaks are pruned during active growth. Southern Red Oak is particularly sensitive to root disturbance, and construction in its vicinity can be fatal. Plant it where it will be left alone to live a long and happy life!
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Size B Trees:
8-9' tall, grown and delivered in a container. This tree is BIG. You will need a truck or trailer to bring this new addition home to your landscape. Although one strong person can lift this tree, two would make it easier.
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