Southern Red Oak is a large natives deciduoustreewith a straight trunk and an open rounded crown. The dark green foliage with pale green undersides are variable on the same tree, ranging from 3-9 bristle tipped lobes and has an insignificant reddish-brown fall color but holds its leaves to late fall. The round acorns have bowl-shaped cups and take two growing seasons to mature. Best grown infull sun and humusy, rich, dry to medium well-drained acidic soils. Tolerates drought, sandy and poor soils, and brief flooding.
Quercus imbricaria supports a wide variety of moths and butterflies, including: the Imperial Moth, Banded Hairstreak, Edward's Hairstreak, Gray Hairstreak, White-M Hairstreak, Horace’s Duskywing, and the Juvenal’s Duskywing.
60’ - 80’
40’ - 60’
USDA Hardiness Zone:
6 - 9
Full Sun,Part Sun
Season of Interest:
MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low Maintenance. Except for oak wilt, no pests or diseases are of major concern. Caterpillars can defoliate tree, banding will help with the problem. Branches are susceptible to wind damage.
LANDSCAPE USES: Accents or Group Plantings, Borders, Woodland Gardens, Naturalized Areas, Wildlife Gardens, Privacy Screen, and Shade Tree.
IMAGES: Photo by Bruce Kirchoff, Quercus falcata, (2) Photo by David J. Stang, Quercus falcata 8zz, CC BY-SA 4.0, (3) Phoro by Katja Schulz, Southern Red Oak, (4) Katja Schulz from Washington, D. C., USA, Southern Red Oak - Flickr - treegrow (1), CC BY 2.0, (5) Jeffrey Reed, Quercus falcata in Marengo Alabama USA, CC BY-SA 3.0
*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown