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Quercus rubra

Common Name: Northern Red Oak
Quercus rubra
Quercus rubra

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Fagales
Family: Fagaceae
Genus: Quercus
Species: Quercus rubra

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Northern red oak bark is dark gray and furrowed.

The leaves are alternate and simple. They’re 4 to 10 inches long with 7 to 11 shallow and pointed lobes. They’re dull green in color, and in autumn turn a dark red.

Habitat & Range

Northern red oaks are found in moist forests in the eastern half of the United States.

Life Cycle

Acorns from Northern red oaks are flat with scaly bowls.

Featured image by James Dake.


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