Audubon® Northern Red Oak
Shipping Autumn of 2021
Tough and adaptable, Northern Red Oak brings a bit of nature to the city. Urban birds need food too, and native Red Oak supplies it in the form of large, nutritious acorns and an assortment of protein-rich insects that are attracted to this tree. Of course, in rural areas, Red Oak attracts an even wider array of birds. Jays, crows, turkeys, woodpeckers, ducks, and quail make use of the acorns, while many, many songbirds relish the caterpillars and other small bugs that feed on oak leaves. Fast-growing and handsome in all seasons, it’s a people-pleaser, too!
May Benefit & Attract: Jays, crows, turkeys, woodpeckers, ducks, quail, and songbirds
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 A (5-6' tall) container grown
Size B (8-10' tall) container grown
Size C (10-12' tall) container grown
- Hardiness Zone: 3-8
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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 A Trees:
5-6' tall, grown and delivered in a container. Although one person can move this size tree around its large container, stem and branching prevent it from fitting into a box. A van or SUV will be needed to bring this new addition home to your feathered friends.
Size B Trees:
8-10' tall, grown and delivered in a container. This tree is BIG! One strong person can lift this tree although two would make it easier. A truck or trailer will be needed to bring this tree home.
Size C Trees:
10-12' tall, grown and delivered in a container. Two people will be needed to handle onto truck or trailer. You may even consider having a professional do it for you. Once this tree is planted it will look like it has been growing in your landscape for years!
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