Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

One of the native Northern American trees that grow in the vast forests of Michigan, The Great Lakes State, is the Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra.) This giant tree has a really long life span and can live for up to 500 years. Its leaves show brilliant, bright colors throughout their life cycle, making the Northern red oak a good choice for landscaping and decorating residences.

Description of the Northern Red Oak

As mentioned before, the Northern red oak is a big tree species. Its mature height averages 60-70 feet with its width going around the same range. It’s a tree with a very ample canopy which thrones on top of a sturdy, short trunk. It grows relatively fast, so you can expect a 10-year-old young tree to reach 20 feet.

One of the distinctive features of the Northern red oak is its bark. It features bright stripes that give the impression of light shining through the bark from beneath. This effect is one of the many qualities that make this tree special.

The leaves of the Northern red oak have 7 to 11 spined lobes and turn from deep green to bright red and russet red during autumn.

A Great Choice for Urban Areas

If you would like to plant a Northern red oak on your property, the good news is that it’s relatively easy to transplant it. You don’t have to start it from seed and it grows quickly, so you can enjoy it in its full glory soon.

This tree has average watering requirements. It thrives in environments with acidic soils. Clay, sandy soils and loamy soils are ideal for this tree. It tolerates pollution and poorly drained soil quite well, which makes it a good choice for urban areas too.


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