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Quercus falcata /Southern Red Oak

Quercus falcata  / Quercus falcata
Close-up of red oak foliage
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Close-up of red oak foliage


Tree in late autumn after most leaves have dropped

New spring growth with male catkins

Dense mass of leaves


Mature tree in street planting

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Scientific Name: Quercus falcata
Common Name: Southern Red Oak
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: over 50 feet
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Autumn Color
Plants that Attract Birds
Comments: This massive oak has a positive oval form and a dense foliage mass. A long lived tree, it makes an excellent shade tree that is very durable. Leaves turn reddish-brown in autumn and the acorns are a source of food for wildlife.