Northern Red Oak Quercus rubra
Cannot ship to
AK, AZ, CA, FL, HI, LA, OR
(Potted trees cannot ship to California.)
The northern red oak has been called “one of the handsomest, cleanest, and stateliest trees in North America” by naturalist Joseph S. Illick, and it is widely considered a national treasure. It is valued for its versatility and hardiness in urban settings. This medium to large tree is also known for its brilliant fall color, great value to wildlife, and status as the state tree of New Jersey.
- Displays vibrant red fall color
- Is a fast-growing tree that offers great shade and works well as a street tree
- Tolerates pollution and compacted soil
- Will be delivered at a height of 2'–3' for bare-root; a height of 1'-3' for 4" pot; a height of 1 3/4' - 3 1/2' for 1-gallon pot
Your Tree’s Personality
Acorns from this tree are at the top of the food preference list for blue jays, wild turkeys, squirrels, small rodents, whitetail deer, raccoons and black bears. Deer also browse the buds and twigs in wintertime.
The northern red oak has been a favorite of both lumbermen and landscapers since colonial times. The tree has also found favor when transplanted in Europe. It is believed that Bishop Compton's garden, near Fulham in England, received the first red oak transplant abroad in the late 17th century. In 1924, there were over 450 acres of red oak plantations in Baden, Germany.
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