Quercus rubra ~ Northern Red Oak
Quercus rubra ~ Northern Red Oak
Quercus rubra ~ Northern Red Oak
Quercus rubra ~ Northern Red Oak

Quercus rubra

Northern Red Oak

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Northern Red Oak is a native deciduous tree with a rounded to spreading irregular crown.  The lustrous dark green foliage with pointed lobes and pale undersides turn brownish-red in fall.  The acorns have saucer-shaped cups, but can take up to 40 years to produce an abundant crop.  Best grown in full sun and rich, sandy well-drained acidic soils.

Quercus rubra 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. 




Eastern N. America


50’ - 75’


50’ - 75’



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

4 - 8


Full Sun

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MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low Maintenance.  Susceptible to oak wilt, which has no cure, and chlorosis (yellowing of leaves) which occurs when soils are not acidic enough.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensNaturalized AreasWildlife Gardens Privacy Screen, and Shade Tree.

COMPANION PLANTS: Crape MyrtleServiceberryMagnolia

IMAGES:  Matthieu SontagQuercus rubraCC BY-SA 3.0, (2) Bruce Kirchoff from Greensboro, NC, USA, Quercus rubra (23571535243)CC BY 2.0, (3) Photo by Greg GjerdingenDSC03645, (4) Photo by Katja Schulz, Northern Red Oak, (5) Famartin2020-03-22 12 52 10 A Red Oak beginning to green up in early spring along Franklin Farm Road in the Franklin Farm section of Oak Hill, Fairfax County, VirginiaCC BY-SA 4.0

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