Northern Red Oak Tree

Fast Growing Shade Tree considered a National Treasure!

  • Stunning Red Fall Color
  • Adaptable and Tolerant
  • Easy to Grow
  • Attracts Wildlife
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The Northern Red Oak Tree is considered a national treasure in the United States.  This native tree is easily recognized and identified by its massive size, waxy lobed leaves, attractive acorns, and phenomenal, red, fall foliage.  This stunning tree grows fast and provides superb shade in the heat of summer.

Planted in neighborhoods, parks, and along streets, the Red Oak's dense crown of foliage cools in the summer months.  Providing food for squirrels, blue jays, and other birds and wildlife, the Red Oak is not just a beautiful shade tree, it is a staple within the environment.  You will feel good planting this tree!  Planting native trees is great for the environment, the air, and animals!

The Northern Red Oak performs best when planted in full sun. It is an extremely fast growing tree that can reach an impressive height of 75 feet and a spread of 45 feet. Wow! Now that is a big tree. Because of its hard wood, this hardy tree has the ability to grow to massive heights and sustain a long life span.  This tree is adaptable and tolerant, making it super easy to grow and no maintenance once it's established! The Northern Red Oak is a classic tree you will love to add to your landscape. 

For a tree that that adds to the ecosystem and remains faithful for years to come, the Northern Red Oak is a must have in your landscape!  Order yours today!

Additional Information

Shipping Restriction AZ
Grows in Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Sunlight Full Sun
Soil Type Fertile
Mature Height 40-60 Feet
Mature Width 30-40 Feet
Drought Tolerance Good
Fall Color Red
Botanical Name Quercus rubra

How To Care for your new Northern Red Oak Tree

Northern Red Oak Trees are easy to grow and extremely adaptable.  Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant.  However, if you avoid freezing and hot temperatures you can plant your Oak tree almost any time of the year.  

The Northern Red Oak thrives in full sun and is adaptable to any soil, even tolerating wet areas.  These trees are drought tolerant once established.  Water deeply twice weekly for the first 3 months after planting.  This helps the roots establish properly.  Add a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch when planting to help keep the soil moist.  Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the risk of pests and disease.  Fertilize in early spring with a basic slow release fertilizer.  Oaks do not generally require pruning, but, if needed, prune when they are dormant in winter or early spring to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches, or to maintain shape. The Red Oak is pest resistant and pollution and salt tolerant.

Red Oaks only rarely have issues with pests or disease.  Occasionally, Scale and Mites can infest these Oaks.  You can treat these pests naturally with horticultural oil, neem oil, or insecticidal soap.  For severe infections you can use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin.  In extremely humid areas, fungal issues can arise. Generally, treating after infection isn't extremely effective, so if you have problems yearly treat in early spring with fungicides to prevent infection.  Neem Oil is an organic method of treating some fungal diseases and pests.  It can be effective, but the entire tree must be coated in order for this method to be effective. 



Planting Directions

Step 1:

Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.

Step 2:

Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.

Step 3:

Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil.  Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.  


Planting a shrub digging the hole

Step 4:

Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.

Step 5:

Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.

Step 6:

Finish up by mulching around your new plant.  Apply 1-2 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.

Step 7:

Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.


Shipping and Delivery

Most orders ship next business day.  Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping.  View the shipping map below.  Please note that shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed.  

West coast orders on plants will be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants.  Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex, UPS, or USPS.   

You will receive a confirmation via email when the carrier picks up your shipment.  Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives.  As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.

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Shipping charges on orders under $99 are calculated at checkout based on your location.

Each plant is carefully hand selected and packaged making sure that they will arrive ready to plant! 

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Type of tree, color, and size.
Justin H on Sep 18, 2016
Type of tree, color, and size.
Justin H on Sep 18, 2016
Do the acorn drop into the yard every year?
A shopper on Aug 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Northern Red Oaks do produce acorns.
When will the Red Oaks be back in stock? How tall is the red oak you ship?
Lloyd W on May 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We do not have a date when we will have more in stock at this time. You can sign up to be notified when they are back in stock right on the product page. The ones we had in before were 5-6ft.
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