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White Oak vs Northern Red Oak

Quercus alba

Quercus rubra

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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 green acorns and beautiful green leaves that turn red-purple in the fall.

With a huge growth in bourbon and scotch over the past few decades there is an emerging shortage of white oak that is the primary tree used for cask barrels and aging.

Note: Most Oak species can be considered toxic for many animals.

Northern Red Oak is a medium-sized deciduous tree. It is fast-growing (for an oak tree) and is used primarily in lawns, parks, golf courses, street-side plantings, and commercial areas. Northern Red Oak's fall color is spectacular.

In open spaces, it has a short, massive trunk and an extensive crown. In forests Northern Red Oak grows with a tall columnar bole and small rounded head.

We are one of the only nurseries growing this tree.

Check out some video of the spectacular fall colour on our Northern Red Oak seedlings just before harvest on our YouTube Channel.

Note: Most Oak species can be considered toxic for many animals.

WHITE OAK QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN RED OAK QUICK FACTS

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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
Bark: Smooth and grey (young), Furrowed and grey (mature)
Nuts: acorns
Nuts: Produces acorns
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: medium
Life span: long
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: none





Other Names: champion oak, red oak