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Quercus rubra (red oak)

Red oak is a North American tree with spectacular reddish brown leaves in autumn.
Red oak close to Kew's Princess of Wales Conservatory

Quercus rubra (red oak) close to Kew's Princess of Wales Conservatory

Species information

Scientific name: 

Quercus rubra L.

Common name: 

red oak, northern red oak

Conservation status: 

Least Concern (LC) according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Valley floors to mid-slopes of hills and mountains

Key Uses: 

Timber, ornamental.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Rosanae
Order: 
Fagales
Family: 
Fagaceae
Genus: Quercus

About this species

Famous for its spectacular reddish brown autumn leaves, red oak is a rapidly growing tree native to North America. It produces excellent timber and is also cultivated as an ornamental. Although usually known by the common name red oak, it is sometimes referred to as the northern red oak, which distinguishes it from the southern red oak (Quercus falcata). There are more than 600 species of oak (Quercus species).

Synonym: 

Quercus borealis F.Michx.

Genus: 
Quercus

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