Quercus rubra (Red Oak)
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Bareroot from November to April
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The Red Oak is a very fast-growing tree (up to 2.5cm per year) originating in North America. A handsome tree, it has deeply cut, pointed lobed leaves which turn a spectacular red in autumn before leaf fall. Introduced into Britain in 1724, it has always been a popular choice for parkland planting due to its large ornamental leaves and good autumn colour.
Site and soil
The Red Oak does best on lime-free soil where it develops the best autumn colour. It is tolerant of pollution.
Height and spread
After 10 years: 10m x 6m
After 20 years: 15m x 9m
Leaf and bark
The deeply cut, pointed lobed leaves are large (25-30cm long). They open bright yellow for a few weeks, before becoming green with a paler underside. The autumn colour before leaf fall is red, then brownish-red. The bark is smooth and grey.
Flower, seed and fruit
The yellow-green male catkins and much smaller female flowers open in May. The cupped acorns remain small in the first year, before ripening in the second; they are a dark red-brown.
Woodland, parkland, avenues, specimen tree, landscaping. The wood of the Red Oak is valued for its timber. The bark is used in tanning.
Flowers provide pollen for insects. Birds and small mammals eat the acorns.
The Red Oak is not usually pruned, but lower branches can be taken off to lift the crown and improve the shape in winter.