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Northern Red Oak vs Black Locust

Quercus rubra

Robinia pseudoacacia

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Northern Red Oak
Black Locust

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. Click here.

Black Locust is an attractive tree. Its distinctive leaves are made of about a dozen bright green leaflets. It also notable for its fragrant white flowers, which smell of citrus.

Black Locust can grow in many situations, but prefers dry areas with lots of sun. It is robust and is an excellent choice for establishing shade in dry, open areas.

Important note: Much of the Black Locust is toxic to humans and livestock, including seeds, bark, and leaves.

NORTHERN RED OAK QUICK FACTS

BLACK LOCUST QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 20 m (66 ft)
Height: 12 m (40 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Spread: 8 m (25 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: red
Flowers: Creamy white flowers in a pyramidal shape bloom in may-june
Bark: Smooth and grey (young), Furrowed and grey (mature)
Bark: dark reddish brown to balck with furrows
Nuts: Produces acorns
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: long
Life span: long
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: high





Other Names: champion oak, red oak
Other Names: false acacia, yellow locust


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes