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Northern Red Oak

Quercus rubra
    14 reviews
Northern Red Oak
Northern Red Oak
Northern Red Oak
Northern Red Oak
Northern Red Oak
Northern Red Oak
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Northern Red Oak

Quercus rubra
    14 reviews

Fast Growing Shade Tree considered a National Treasure!

  • Stunning Red Fall Color
  • Adaptable and Tolerant
  • Easy to Grow
  • Attracts Wildlife
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Product Details

growing zone 3-8 Growing Zones 3-8
Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 40-60 Feet
Mature Width 30-40 Feet
Growth Rate slow
Fall Color Red
Shipping Restriction AZ, CA, FL, LA, OR

The Northern Red Oak Tree is considered a national treasure in the United States. This native tree is easily recognized and identified by its massive size, waxy lobed leaves, attractive acorns, and phenomenal, red, fall foliage. This stunning tree grows fast and provides superb shade in the heat of summer.

Planted in neighborhoods, parks, and along streets, the Red Oak's dense crown of foliage cools in the summer months. Providing food for squirrels, blue jays, and other birds and wildlife, this Red Oak is not just a beautiful shade tree, it is a staple within the environment. You will feel good planting this tree! Planting native trees is great for the environment, the air, and animals!

The Northern Red Oak tree performs best when planted in full sun. It is an extremely fast growing tree that can reach an impressive height of 75 feet and a spread of 45 feet. Wow! Now that is a big tree. Because of its hard wood, this hardy tree has the ability to grow to massive heights and sustain a long life span.

This tree is adaptable and tolerant, making it super easy to grow and no maintenance once it's established! The Northern Red Oak tree is a classic tree you will love to add to your landscape.

For a tree that that adds to the ecosystem and remains faithful for years to come, the Northern Red Oak is a must have in your landscape! Order yours today!

Northern Red Oak FAQ

How Fast Does This Oak Tree Grow?

Grows at a fast rate to a height of 40-60 feet and 30-40 feet wide.

Where Should I Plant A Northern Red Oak?

This tree is adaptable to a variety of soils. Plant in a spot that gets full sun exposure in grow zones 3-8.

How To Prune This Oak Tree

Prune and remove dead or overgrown branches in late winter and early spring.

Northern Red Oak Care

Northern Red Oak Trees are easy to grow and extremely adaptable. Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant. However, if you avoid freezing and hot temperatures you can plant your Oak tree almost any time of the year.

The Northern Red Oak thrives in full sun and is adaptable to any soil, even tolerating wet areas. These trees are drought tolerant once established. Water deeply twice weekly for the first 3 months after planting. This helps the roots establish properly. Add a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch when planting to help keep the soil moist. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the risk of pests and disease. Fertilize in early spring with a basic slow release fertilizer. Oaks do not generally require pruning, but, if needed, prune when they are dormant in winter or early spring to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches, or to maintain shape. The Red Oak is pest resistant and pollution and salt tolerant.

Red Oaks only rarely have issues with pests or disease. Occasionally, Scale and Mites can infest these Oaks. You can treat these pests naturally with horticultural oil, neem oil, or insecticidal soap. For severe infections you can use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin. In extremely humid areas, fungal issues can arise. Generally, treating after infection isn't extremely effective, so if you have problems yearly treat in early spring with fungicides to prevent infection. Neem Oil is an organic method of treating some fungal diseases and pests. It can be effective, but the entire tree must be coated in order for this method to be effective.

Landscape ideas

The Northern Red Oak tree provides excellent shade with its dense and broad canopy.  Be sure to provide your oak tree with plenty of room to grow.  Reaching heights up to 75 feet and a width around 45 feet, a full grown Red Oak is a substantial tree.  This shade tree is ideal to be the main, focal tree in your yard.  If you have a large yard or piece of land, oaks are great for planting in a row to provide shade in the summer.  And they look beautiful too!  The Red Oak offers rich, red color in fall that will liven up your landscape.  Plant at least 20 feet apart when planting in rows.

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