Northern Red Oak

The northern red oak is the most common oak of the northeast, and the second most common oak in Central Park. Don't miss the northern red oak in fall, when its leaves display brilliant yellow, brown, and red colors.

  • Leaves

    5-8 inches long, 4-6 inches wide, alternate arrangement, seven to eleven bristle-tipped broad lobes, leaf surface is lustrous, yellow/brown/red in fall
  • Fruit

    Acorns borne singly or in pairs, large saucer like cap
  • Flower

    Pale yellow-green catkins (male), bloom in May
  • Bark

    Brown to black on old branches and trunks

Where to find the Northern Red Oak