The Northern red oak is practically the blueprint for a long-lasting, hardy, and fast-growing tree. Its durability is on display as it is planted and found everywhere from open pastures to polluted city sidewalks.
- Grows more than 2 feet per year for 10 years
- Brilliant display of reds in fall
- Rounded shape that produces plentiful amounts of shade
- Produces acorns
The young trunk of the oak is grayish but turns brownish- grey with age. Its leaves are simple with seven to eleven lobes, each with a bristle tip. They are dull dark green on the upper surface and a similar color but paler on the underside. As fall arrives, the leaves turn to a russet red and eventually to a bright red.
The male flowers between April and May as hanging catkins. The female flowers are tiny spikes in the axils of the new leaves.
The northern oak tree produces medium brown acorns.