Northern Red Oak

Height: 60’ to 75’
Spread: 60’ to 75’
Hardiness Zone: 3 to 7
Fall Color: Brownish-Red
Preferred Soil: Acid soil, Moist, well-drained soil
Exposure Type: Full sun to Partial Shade



Quercus rubra / Northern Red Oak

Planting Points: The red oak is one of the faster growing oaks. They grow tall and straight with a clear trunk and narrow crown. The leaves are handsome throughout the year, emerging pinkish red, turning lustrous dark green in summer, and changing to russet-red to bright red in autumn. A great tool for enhancing the wildlife in an area with a food source and shelter in a hurry, compared to other oak species.

Siting This Tree: Prefers to be grown in acidic, moist, well-drained soils. It does best in sandy, loam soils. Red oak will tolerate alkaline, dry, and clay soils. Its tolerance of salt and air pollution makes it a good tree for more exposed areas. The red oak makes a fantastic shade tree that is well suited for lawns, parks, and natural areas. Avoid planting this tree if you live in an area that has oak wilt outbreaks as this tree is highly susceptible.