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Red Oak

Red Oak Tree
The red oak is a popular deciduous street and lawn tree with spreading branches. You can stumble upon the red oak throughout Central Park. For particularly large clusters of them, visit the North Woods or just south of Oak Bridge in the Ramble. It's easy to tell the red oak from other oak trees because red oaks' leaves contain sharp points.

Common Name: Red Oak

Scientific Name: Quercus rubra

Origin: Eastern North America

Family: Fagaceae

Size: 60' - 100' tall, 60' - 100' wide

Form: Upright with billowing top

Culture: Prefer moist, clay soils


4-9" long, 3-6" wide, elliptical, sharply pointed


Typical, yellow-green catkins that come out with leaves


Flat, saucer-shaped acorns


Silver-gray, rough, furrowed into scaly ridges