Oak, Red

The Red Oak, is a fast growing broadleaved deciduous tree, that can grow to a height of 25m, and may live for 500 years, although 300 years may be more typical.

The bark is smooth and silver-grey when young, and develops warts or ridges with age. Twigs are straight, slender and dark brown.

 

Photo supplied by: Alan Payne

Common Name:
Red Oak

Scentific Name:
Quercus rubra

Tree No:
188

Location:
D7

Similar to those of English and Sessile Oaks, but more pointed. They have a few lobes each with several teeth and pointed, whiskery tips. Dark green in colour, they have a paler, matted appearance on the underside, and fade to a bright red before falling in autumn.

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Slender male catkins hang in clusters and the tiny female flowers are found singly or in clusters.

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After pollination by wind, female flowers develop into a fruit enclosed by a rounded cup, known as an acorn, which takes two years to ripen.

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Red oak is native to North America and was introduced to the UK. It was extensively used as a forest tree in Europe in the nineteenth century and in Britain after 1920. It requires full light and lots of space.

Red oak is not as valuable to native wildlife as English and sessile oaks, but its catkins provide pollen for bees and other insects in spring, and its acorns are eaten by birds and small mammals. The rounded crown provides nesting opportunities for birds.

Red oak is mainly planted as an ornamental tree in parks and gardens for its rich autumn colour. The timber is also be used, but it is not as strong as that of English and Sessile Oaks. In North America it is widely used in furniture making, and as lumber for products like fence posts, crates and flooring.

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