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 Leaves

Northern Red Oak Bark

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