Red oak

Quercus rubra

Red oak - Quercus rubra

Common Name: Red oak
Genus: Quercus
Species: rubra

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 25.00 m (2500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 20.00 m (2000 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Brown, Green, Red, Yellow

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained


  • Flower colour: insignificant male and female flowers in separate trees

 One of the fast-growing oaks with dark green sharply lobed leaves which turn attractive shades of red yellow and brown before falling in autumn. An attractive tree that is capable of adapting to most conditions including industrial areas, though it does require lime-free soil.

  • Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting, incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting.

  • Goes well with: Crocus 'Bowles' White',Crocus tommasinianus, Galanthus nivalis, Cyclamen coum, Erythronium 'Pagoda', Erythronium japonicum, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, Muscari armeniacum.

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