Oak, Southern Red
Oak, Southern Red
Handsome and stately, the long-living Southern Red Oak is an exceptional landscape and shade tree for lawns and streets, displaying brilliant fall colors within its magnificent canopy…
What distinguishes the lovely Southern Red Oak?
Easy to grow and quick to rise—rearing up to 60-80 ft. and spreading out 40-50 ft.
Magnificent structure and pleasant autumn foliage.
Resilient against poor soil, urban air, compact space, and such unfavorable conditions.
Valuable lumber that is useful in the construction industry.
Keeping up appearances…
This majestic and proudly pyramidal shade tree is a formidable sight to behold. The Southern Red Oak has a rounded and extremely thick canopy when mature, with glossy deciduous leaves that shift in the autumn from dark green to warm and earthy red-brown hues. Its trunk is long with ascendant branches, covered by a thin, ridged, dark grey bark which grows extremely fissured with age. Its acorns and twigs are uniquely fuzzed, and the acorns are relatively small and deeply encased in their cups. You’ll notice that they’re a source of food to many species of animals, including deer, squirrels, and rabbits. Seed production usually occurs after 25 years, with optimal production occurring between the ages of 50-75. In April and May, the tree produces modest catkins which range in color from yellow to green or red.
A friendly recommendation.
Thriving in even the worst conditions—poor soil, urban air, compact space, and so on—the Southern Red Oak stubbornly pulls through and can live up to several centuries, faithfully overseeing its evolving surroundings. It is also commendably drought-tolerant. The tree’s strong lumber, while not rot-proof, has many uses in general construction. This specimen is cultivated best in medium to dry, well-drained soils and is partial to full sun.
Awesome tree trivia!
- The Southern Red Oak is also nicknamed the “Spanish Oak”, though it is unlike any oaks that are native to Spain; the name is thought to be derived from the fact that this shade tree is regularly found in regions of the United States where early Spanish colonies were located, primarily in the southeastern and western coasts (and, in fact, in nearly all the states that aren’t along the cold northern U.S. border).
Photos Franklin Bonner, USFS (ret.), Bugwood.org
This Tree's Zone: 6 to 9
Your Growing Zone:
|Bloom||Green and red|
|Bloom Time||April to May|
|Shape||Pyramidal to spreading|
|Size||60 to 80 feet|
|Spread||40 to 50 feet|