Northern Red Oak
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Some people are lucky enough to have Northern Red Oak trees growing native on their property, standing strong and tall, sheltering and feeding local wildlife, and putting on a fine show of russet-red in fall. The rest of us have to plant them! Plant this fast-growing shade tree on the south side of your home to cool it in summer, while in the winter its bare branches will let in the sunshine. Sited to the west, Red Oak’s fall foliage will seem to ignite in the setting sun. This long-lived legacy tree is also a regal choice for lining your driveway. Wherever it’s planted, this gentle giant is likely to stand tall and proud for many generations to come.
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Spacing: 50-60'
- Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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Northern Red Oak is a native forest tree found in the East from New England to Oklahoma. Since pioneer days, its pink-toned wood has been used for furniture and flooring; as firewood it burns hotter than ash. But such talk does not belong on these pages! What we love here is the living tree, and Red Oak is one of the most majestic examples around. The largest in the country is a multi-trunked beauty 36 feet in circumference in Monroe, New York. It takes eight people holding hands to reach around it!
If red is your favorite fall tree color, then this is the tree for you! The lush, glossy green leaves turn a bold red in the fall that lights up the sky. Its broad and pyramidal shape makes for wonderful shade. If red isn't your color, once you see this tree, it will be! This handsome native tree will definitely make a bold statement in your landscape.
How to Grow
Northern Red Oak is a fast growing shade tree. Yes, you read that right—an oak that’s fast growing! It turns out that not all oaks are created alike. It’s also easier to transplant than many oaks, though new nursery production methods are making all oaks more plantable. Red Oak prefers full sun, but tolerates some shade, at least for a while—as it does in the wild when it germinates on the forest floor. It’s a remarkably durable city tree, too, coping well with pollution and salt spray.
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Size B Trees:
8-10' tall. This stately tree is limbed up high to 5' or more for the perfect street tree. Grown in our #15 tree container with caliper about 1 1/2" in this size.
Size C Trees:
10-12’ tall. Fully developed branching. This tree is BIG! It is recommended to have a professional move and install this size tree.
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