Quercus rubra (Red Oak)


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Quercus rubra (Red Oak) Seeds

Zone: 3 to 8.

Native to eastern North America.

Red oak is a good ornamental tree for landscaping because of its symmetrical shape and strong upright form. It has a straight trunk and a rounded to irregular crown. Its leaves are lustrous green on both sides and are 10 – 20 cm (4″ – 8″) long, with 7 – 9 pointed lobes. Red oak is an important hardwood timber tree and is widely used as a street tree and in larger properties and parks. It grows best in deep loam soil and full sun or partial shade, but will benefit form some shade when young. Its acorns mature in usually mid-September to late-October and are a favourite food for wildlife.

Size: Height 60 to 75 ft; Width 40 to 60 ft.

Acorns have a short shelf life so it is best to plant immediately or keep refrigerated until ready to plant.

Germination Instructions

Stratification: Red oak acorns require 30 to 45 days cold, moist stratification at 3° C (37° F) to 5° C (41° F).

  1. Mix some soilless mixture for starting seeds or sand and vermiculite, moisten with water and place it in sandwich bag(s). Note: mixture should be moist not soggy. The bag(s) should  not be sealed. Poke holes or leave partially open for air.
  2. Place the seeds inside the mix and refrigerate for about 30 to 45 days. Occasionally check to see if seeds are starting to sprout.
  3. After the required time plant the seeds in soil 1 to 2 inches deep in a sheltered spot in the ground or in deep pots where they can grow.

Oaks grow long tap roots, so either plant seedlings out the second spring, or transplant them to another bed after pruning the tap root to 6 in. (15 cm).

Protect the pot or site from squirrels or other animals that may discover and eat the acorns.