Red Oak

(Quercus Rubra)
Zones: 3-8 (click for map)
Red Oak
Red Oak

This is one of the fastest growing oaks, with up to 2 ft. of growth per year. It may grow to a height of 60 feet, with a spread of 50 feet. In 15 to 10 years, it may also produce acorns. Its leaves are a lustrous dark green in summer, turn a russet red in the fall and "hang on" very late. The Red oak is tolerant of many urban conditions, but prefers sandy, well-drained soils in full sun. The wood is heavy, strong, and very ice and wind resistant. Supplemental watering, fertilizing and mulching will get this tree off to a fast start.