Quercus Rubra (Red Oak)- Similar in shape, size and habit to English and Sessile oak except for its vibrant mix of autumn colours which are displayed though its pointed lobed leaves. During the autumn months, the red oak turns into a mix of reds, golds, yellows and scarlets and the leaves often stay with the tree well into the winter months. Red oaks are commonly used as ornamental trees in parks and gardens but they are also worthwhile planting in a shelterbelt, if only just for the colours. Although the red oak is a non-native tree, they can now be found in most areas of the UK, including industrial areas.
Fruit: The acorns are flat based and dark red in colour. They take two years to ripen but are often eaten by birds and small mammals beforehand.
Timber: Seldom used as a timber tree as its wood is not as strong or heavy as that from an English or Sessile oak tree.
Soil Types/Habitat: It grows well in most soil but prefers not to be in heavy soils. Best planted in an open sunny position to develop a good shape.