Red Oak

Scientific Name: Quercus rubra

Red Oak

Attributes

Deciduous
Great Fall Color

Plant Family

Fagaceae

Origin

Eastern North America

Form

Upright with billowing top

Plant Size

60-100 feet tall, 60-100 feet wide

Description

The red oak is a popular deciduous street and lawn tree with spreading branches. You can stumble upon the red oak throughout Central Park. For particularly large clusters of them, visit the North Woods or just south of Oak Bridge in the Ramble. It's easy to tell the red oak from other oak trees because red oaks' leaves contain sharp points.

Red Oak Leaves

Leaves

4-9 inches long, 3-6 inches wide, elliptical, sharply pointed
Red Oak Fruit

Fruit

Flat, saucer-shaped acorns
Red Oak Flower

Flower

Typical, yellow-green catkins that come out with leaves
Red Oak Bark

Bark

Silver-gray, rough, furrowed into scaly ridges