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White Oak vs Northern Red Oak

Quercus alba

Quercus rubra

White Oak
Northern Red Oak

White Oak is large, long-lived tree with an irregular trunk divided into spreading, often horizontal, stout branches. A highly adaptable tree, White Oak features beautiful green leaves that turn red-purple in the fall and green acorns.

A medium-sized deciduous tree, the northern red oak can grow to 25 m tall and 30 m in diameter with a crown spread of 18 m. It has a short, massive trunk and an extensive crown in the open, while in the forest it has a tall columnar bole and small rounded head. It is symmetrical and beautifully coloured in the fall. Leaves are 10-20 cm long by 10-13 cm wide, and oblong, with 7 to 11 toothed lobes. Its fruit is an acorn. Bark can be brown to black, with broken to wide flat ridges. Northern red oak is a valuable, fast-growing oak used primarily for lawns, parks, golf courses, and commercial areas. It is often used as a street tree.

The most attractive and fastest growing oak we have seen for the prairies. We are one of the only nurseries growing this tree.

WHITE OAK QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN RED OAK QUICK FACTS

Zone: 4a
Zone: 3a
Height: 30 m (98 ft)
Height: 20 m (66 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: dark red
Fall colour: red
Bark: light to dark gray to white, fissures and scaly
Bark: Smooth and grey (young), Furrowed and grey (mature)
Nuts: nuts within acorns; attractive for wildlife
Nuts: Produces acorns
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: medium
Life span: long
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: medium







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Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
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