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Oak, Northern Red

Oak, Northern Red

Quercus rubra

2-3 ft height at sale, bare root

2-0

Native to Vermont

Sourced from NY

 

Can roast acorns. Offers great shade.

  • Description

    Bristle-tipped leaves turn red in the fall. The leaves have 7 to 11 waxy lobes. A good street tree, tolerates pollution and compacted soil. Grows as much as two feet a year for 10 years. Grows to 60' to 75', 45' spread. (zones 3-8)

    This tree:

    • Grows more than two feet per year for 10 years.
    • Provides great fall color, with leaves turning russet-red to bright red.
    • Is easier than most to transplant.
    • Features alternating leaves that are 4–8" long and have 7–11 waxy, spine-tipped lobes.
    • Produces pale yellow-green catkins that appear at about the same time new foliage is expanding, typically April–May.
    • Yields acorns that are round and ¾–1" long with a flat, thick, saucer-like cap.
    • Offers great shade due to a dense crown.
    • Tolerates pollution and compacted soil.
    • Grows in a rounded shape.

    The northern red oak grows to a height of 60–75' and a spread of around 45' at maturity. 

    This tree grows at a fast rate, with height increases of more than 24" per year.

    Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

    The northern red oak grows in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained and clay soils. While it prefers normal moisture, the tree has some drought tolerance.

    Acorns from this tree are at the top of the food preference list for blue jays, wild turkeys, squirrels, small rodents, whitetail deer, raccoons and black bears. Deer also browse the buds and twigs in wintertime.

    The northern red oak has been a favorite of both lumbermen and landscapers since colonial times. The tree has also found favor when transplanted in Europe. It is believed that Bishop Compton's garden, near Fulham in England, received the first red oak transplant abroad in the late 17th century. In 1924, there were over 450 acres of red oak plantations in Baden, Germany.

    [Description from arborday.org]

$10.00Price
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