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Northern Red Oak Quercus rubra
Oak Fagaceae family


Leaves are 4-10" long, lobed, with sharp, pointed ends. White oak leaves are similar in shape, but they are rounded at the ends.

Fruit: Acorns, with saucer-like cups that cover approximately 1/3 of the acorn.

Twigs are stout, hairless, with sharp, pointed buds clustered at the end of the twig; 3/16 - 5/16" long.

Bark: Dark bark, furrowed, often laced with broad shiny strips. Many times you will notice a red fungus growing in the ridges of the bark, particularly aspect of the tree most exposed to sunlight.

Form/Habitat: Northern Red Oak is found in drier, warmer woods of New England, and is one of our larger trees, reaching heights of 70-80' and diameters up to 3-4'.

Winter Identification: Bark is helpful in identifying this tree in winter months, compared to other oaks its bark has noticable vertical sections and has a reddish color in the furrows.

NWI Status: FACU



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