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Red Oak

Quercus rubra

Description: 
A majestic shade tree with a rounded habit. A fast growing tree that is tolerant of urban conditions, it has glossy dark green leaves that turn russet-red in fall. The acorns are a great food source for wildlife.

Power Line Approved: No

Min. street tree planting width: 8 feet

Mature Height: 50-60 feet

Mature Spread: 30-40 feet

Tree Shape: Round

Where to Plant: 
A great specimen shade tree for your yard or in a wide planting strip with no overhead wires. 

Leaves:
Glossy green with toothed lobes. Russet-red fall color.

Fruit:
An acorn with a thin flat cap. Enjoyed by wildlife.

Preferred Site Conditions:
Full sun. Prefers moist but well drained soil. 

Potential Problems:
No serious or disease problems.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15b feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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