Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Cream/Tan Inconspicuous/none
Bloom Time: Late Winter/Early Spring Mid Spring
Other details: Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Soil pH requirements: 4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic) 5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic) 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
On May 17, 2012, plant_it from Valparaiso, IN wrote:
Native to North America in the northeastern United States and southeast Canada. It grows from the north end of the Great Lakes, east to Nova Scotia, south as far as Georgia and states with good soil that is slightly acidic.
Beautiful red leaves in autumn. The acorns are extremely important wildlife food and are the primary overwintering food for a great many species of birds and mammals.
Mammals such as white-tailed deer, elk, moose, cottontail rabbits and hares partake of the leaves. The acorns afford a source of nutrition for the eastern chipmunk, white-footed mouse, white-tailed deer, flying squirrel, gray squirrel, fox squirrel, black bear and deer mouse, according to the National Forest Service. Northern red oak's acorns are edible by the northern bobwhite, white-breasted nuthatch, eastern crow and wild turkey, as well as many other bird species. It's the crown jewel of any wildlife garden.
On Nov 9, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
This tree is a fast grower. It has lovely dense foliage that puts on a real show in autumn. It prefers rich loamy soil and grows well in zones 3-7. It transplants easily and grows well even within city limits (polution tolerant).
On Sep 14, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:
Gets the name because the foliage turns red in fall and the reddish interior wood. A valuable timber tree used for furniture, boards, and flooring.The acorns attract wildlife such as birds,deer and squirrels.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Menlo Park, California Hampton, Illinois Valparaiso, Indiana Lawrence, Massachusetts Calumet, Michigan Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota Lincoln, Nebraska Port Dickinson, New York Raleigh, North Carolina Blue Ash, Ohio Salem, Oregon Murfreesboro, Tennessee Fruit Heights, Utah Wytheville, Virginia Five Corners, Washington Seattle, Washington Cambridge, Wisconsin