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Red Oak
Red Oak

Red Oak

Quercus rubra
Red Oak
Magnoliophyta
Fagaceae
Quercus

One of our most important native trees, found throughout the eastern deciduous forest along with American beech, sugar maple, and black oak. Red oak is prized for its high quality wood, which is used for flooring and furniture. In Central Park it is the second to pin oak in occurrence. It has a rapid rate of growth for an oak and develops into a tall, wide-spreading tree that dominates the landscape. The Conservancy plants red oak along with black oak throughout Central Park’s woodland areas to replace invasive species that we remove.

Medium sized, up to 90 feet; short trunk with round, symmetrical, fairly dense crown, dividing into several large branches.

• Conservatory Water south of Kerbs Boathouse
• 67th Street on north side of the path that leads to Balto
• West 81st Street adjacent to bridle path
• West 81st Street east of Drive
• In front of Arsenal

Red Oak BarkRed Oak Bark
Gray and furrowed with alternating bands of smooth and rough bark in tree canopy.
Red Oak FlowerRed Oak Flower
Male and female flowers grow on the same tree. Male yellowish-green, slender hanging catkins 2 - 4 inches long, female borne on short spikes, appearing when tree leafs out in spring.
Red Oak FruitRed Oak Fruit
Acorn 3/4 - 1 inch long with flat, thick, beret-like cap. Among first to ripen among oaks, providing early harvest for wildlife.
Red Oak LeafRed Oak Leaf
7 to 11 bristle-tipped lobes, dark green turning deep russet in fall.
Steve Baskauf, bioimages.vanderbilt.edu
Matthew Brown, Central Park Conservancy
Neil Calvanese, Central Park Conservancy

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