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Red Oak

Quercus rubra

GIS Coordinate:
N40 21.220 W94 53.107

Trail Number:
C5

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Description

Family:
Fagaceae

Foliage:
Leaves alternate, simple, 5 to 8 inches long with seven to eleven lobes that are upward pointing. Excellent red fall color

Native Locale:
Nova Scotia to Pennsylvania, west to Minnesota and Iowa

Mature Height:
60 to 75 feet

Mature Width:
60 to 75 feet

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 3b to 7(8)

Soil Preference:
Prefers sandy loam soils, well drained, acid soils

Growth Habit:
Rounded in youth, in old age often round-topped and symmetrical

Rate of Growth:
Fast, 2' over 10 year period

Disease and Insect:
Some are of concern: Anthracnose, basal canker, canker, leaf blister, leaf spots, powdery mildew, rust, twig blights, wilt, wood decay, shoe-string root rot, various galls, scales, gypsy moth, yellow-necked caterpillar, pin oak sawfly, saddleback caterpillar, oak skeletonizer, asiatic oak weevil, two- lined chestnut borer, flatheaded borer, leaf miner, oak lace bug and oak mite

Landscape Value:
n/a

Additional Notes:

  • Fruit: Acorn cup is flat and saucerlike, enclosing one-fourth of the nut
  • Fast growing and is a good city tree. Finest oak timber species.

Photos

Summer - Red OakSummer '08 - Red Oak