Richie Steffen                                Red oak has a beautiful structure that is impressive year-round. In fall, the leaves turn a rich red.

Richie Steffen Red oak has a beautiful structure that is impressive year-round. In fall, the leaves turn a rich red.

Great Plant Pick: Quercus rubra, red oak or Northern red oak

This tree has a beautiful structure that is impressive year-round. In fall, the leaves turn a rich red.

What: The Northwest red oak is a picturesque and stately tree is one of the most magnificent oaks for the garden. Strong spreading branches and deep dark green foliage define the form and dominate the surrounding area. In fall, the foliage of Quercus ruba turns rich red. This tree is very adaptable to tough urban conditions and is one of the faster growing oaks when young.

Where: This oak prefers an open area with full sun to light or open shade with plenty of room to grow. Plant it in a location with well-drained soil, although it will tolerate sandy sites and clay if the drainage is adequate.

Size: Red oak grows to be 50 feet tall with a canopy reach of 40 feet when mature.

Care: Once established, red oak is drought tolerant. Although, in prolonged dry weather it appreciates occasional watering. Little pruning is needed other than to remove dead, broken or poorly formed limbs.

— Richie Steffen, Great Plant Picks

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