Quercus falcata ~ Southern Red Oak
Quercus falcata ~ Southern Red Oak

Quercus falcata

Southern Red Oak

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Southern Red Oak is a large natives deciduous tree with 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 in full 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. 




Southeast N. America; GA Native


60’ - 80’


40’ - 60’



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

6 - 9


Full Sun, Part Sun

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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, BordersWoodland GardensNaturalized AreasWildlife Gardens Privacy Screen, and Shade Tree.

COMPANION PLANTS: Crape MyrtleServiceberryMagnolia

IMAGES: Photo by Bruce KirchoffQuercus falcata, (2) Photo by David J. Stang, Quercus falcata 8zzCC 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 USACC BY-SA 3.0

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