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Quercus rubra

red oak

Red oak is a durable, low-maintenance tree greatly valued for its shade and its fall foliage. Tolerant of drought, dry soil, black walnut, and air pollution, it serves as a great street tree. Oak species support a greater diversity of insects than any other genus in North America, and many other wildlife rely on oaks for food and habitat.

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Height: 60-80 ft
Spread: 30-45 ft
Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Bloom Color: Insignificant

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
Ornamental Interest
Fall/Winter Fruit
Fall Foliage
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Songbirds
Pollinator Powerhouse Plant
Host Plant
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Compaction Tolerant
Urban Environment
Salt Tolerant
Additional Attributes
Low Maintenance
Landscape Use
Attractive Fall Foliage and/or Ornamental Fruit
Red to Purple Fall Foliage

North American Distribution

red oak - Quercus rubra from Native Plant Trust
red oak - Quercus rubra from Native Plant Trust
red oak - Quercus rubra from Native Plant Trust
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