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Northern Red Oak

Quercus rubra

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Product ID#: oredx
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Product Description
Sun Exposure Sun
Bloom Time Spring
Soil Conditions Normal, Sandy, Dry
Fall Color Red
Flower Color Green, Yellow
Fruit Color Nut
Mature Plant Size (H x W) 50-65' x 50-65'
Northern Red Oak is a large, pyramidal tree with irregular spreading branches that will become broader with age. The rich foliage turns a bronze-red in the fall. This oak tree does best in well-drained, acidic soils. Fast-growing, for an Oak, when young and intolerant of urban conditions.
  • Sun
  • Mature Plant Size (H x W) Mature Plant Size (H x W): 50-65' x 50-65'
  • Bloom Season Bloom Season: Spring
Key features
  • Attracts Birds
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Native
  • Walnut Toxicity Resistant
  • Edible to People
  • Attracts Pollinators
Planting Care

Planting & Care for Trees – Northern Red Oak Trees

Preparation
  • When planting other plants around oak trees, you should select only drought-tolerant plants that don't require summer watering.
  • It's best to space them at least 6 feet from the base of each oak tree, to give the oaks breathing room.
  • It's also appropriate to lay 2 to 3 inches of mulch around the base of each oak tree to keep the soil from drying out and prevent weeds from growing.
  • Northern Red Oak trees prefer full sun and well-drained soil.
Opening Plant Material
  • Grow Bags - Remove bag by using a utility knife to slit up the side and peel off the fabric exposing the soil and roots. Plant the root ball just like you would a container plant. No trimming of roots is necessary for grow bags.
  • B&B - Soak root ball very well.
  • Each type of plant has an illustration on how to plant if you scroll down and click on the orange rectangular box “Handling & Plant Guidelines”.
Planting Grow Bags
  • Plant grow bags in spring or fall.
  • Notice where the base of the trunk flairs out from the tree. This is called the root flair. This root flair should show when the tree is planted. If necessary, add soil under the ball so the root flair is exposed.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer.
  • Backfill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.
Planting B&B trees
  • Plant B&B trees in spring or fall. A good indicator if you can still plant is if the ground is still workable you’re good to go. If a hard frost is expected be sure to hold off on planting.
  • Dig a hole at least 6" wider and no deeper than the size of the ball on the plant. Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move trees by the tops.
  • Notice where the base of the trunk flairs out from the tree. This is called the root flair. This root flair should show when the tree is planted. If necessary, add soil under the ball so the root flair is exposed.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer
  • Backfill ½ of the hole with soil and completely saturate the soil with water.
  • Once the tree is straight and located as desired, cut and remove twine. Then, remove or bend back top ? of metal basket. Lastly, remove exposed burlap from top of ball
  • Fill the hole to the top of the ball with soil, then soak well with water and let settle.
  • The top of the root ball should be visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Add mulch on top of soil making sure to not put mulch against the trunk or stems.
  • See our link below “Handling & Planting Guidelines” for illustrations on planting.
Pruning - After Planting
  • B&B & Grow Bags - Although it is not essential for B&B or grow bags to be pruned after planting, a light pruning for shape, to remove any broken branches from shipping, or to thin out a heavily branched plant will help in the transplanting process and in the appearance of your new planting.
Pruning - Through-out the Season
  • Be sure not to prune April-October. This is when small beetles can transmit oak wilt, a fungal disease that discolors the leaves and eventually kills oaks.
  • Deciduous oak trees need regular pruning; evergreen oaks prefer to grow without it.
  • The safest time to prune them is during the dormant period in winter, as this sparks new growth for the blooming season and allows wounds to heal as warm spring weather hits.
Watering - After Planting
  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.
Watering - Through-out the Season
  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Planting & Handling Help

Download our Planting and Handling Guide below to plan for a successful arrival and install of your plants. Be sure to water all plants as soon as they arrive and every day until you’re ready to plant. Keep any bare root bundles in a shady, cool spot with the roots covered at all times.

Learn More

Watch our videos on handling bare root plants, how your order is prepared for shipment and more.

Plant Sizing

What is the difference between Containers, Grow Bags, Bare Root, and Balled & Burlap (B&B)?

Shipping Times

Our FedEx and local shipping times depend on two factors, one is by the region and the second is the type of product being shipped. For example, small fruits are only shipped in spring, but majority of our perennials are shipped from spring until fall. Keep in mind the dates below act as a general guide. Due to unpredictable weather, staffing, inventory and industry demands these timelines can change. Therefore, we cannot guarantee any of these times.

 

Shipping Dates by Region*

 

Northern Cold Region: April 22nd - November 7th

Northern Region: April 15th - November 7th

Middle Region: April 1st - November 7th

Southern Region: March 15th - November 7th

Local Delivery (small radius from Waterloo, WI): April 22nd - November 7th

 

Shipping Dates by Season*

 

Spring Shipping: Region Start Date (above) - May

Fall Shipping: September - November

 

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