The red oak, considered a sentinel shade tree, has a strong and enduring form, striking dark bark, and beautiful red fall foliage with acorns prized by wildlife.
Size and Light Requirements
Red oaks tends to grow slowly in urban soils, and once well-established can be expected to attain 40 feet in height in 40 years. This tree does best in full sun.
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All the trees in this guide have been selected by Casey Trees and are well adapted to the soil and conditions present in Washington, D.C.