Northern Red Oak is one of the fastest growing oak varieties.  This oak makes an excellent shade tree.  Northern Red Oak trees produce acorns that are 1 inch in size.  This variety of oak is long living.  This oak has an extensive root system, making it drought resistant.

Northern Red Oak

Quercus rubra

Plant Type- Deciduous Tree

Flower Color- None

Foliage Color- Green Summer and Orange, Brown and Red Fall

Growth Habit- Pyramidal

Growth Rate- Moderate

Zone- 4-9

Height- 50-60 feet tall

Spread- 35-40 feet wide

Light- Full sun

Details- Produces acorns which are used as food for some animals.  Northern Red Oak makes a great shade tree.

Pruning- Any pruning should be avoided until winter due to the potential of Oak Wilt.  Oak Wilt is a fungus that can spread from one oak tree to another.

Other oak tree options.

  • English Oak
  • Pin Oak
  • Sawtooth Oak
  • Scarlet Oak
  • Southern Red Oak
  • Swamp White Oak
  • Willow Oak