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PlantFiles: Texas Red Oak, Nuttall Oak, Red River Oak
Quercus texana

Family: Fagaceae (fag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Quercus (KWER-kus) (Info)
Species: texana (tek-SAY-nuh) (Info)

Synonym:Quercus nuttallii
Synonym:Quercus nuttallii var. cachensis
Synonym:Quercus rubra var. texana
Synonym:Quercus shumardii var. microcarpa
Synonym:Quercus shumardii var. texana

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral victorengel On Sep 30, 2010, victorengel from Austin, TX wrote:

This species, which is a Mississippi Valley species and whose range barely extends into Texas, should not be confused with Q. buckleyi (also called Texas Red Oak), which is from areas like Central Texas. Unfortunately, both species (also Q. gravesii) have been called Q. texana at some point.

Positive Terry On May 18, 2004, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Sources indicate the Nuttall Oak wasn't recognized as a separate species until the 1920s.

We received two free saplings at our local Home & Garden show last year, and so far, I'm impressed with the robust growth and beautiful spring foliage. Rutherford county (middle Tennessee) is dominated by stands of lovely Oak trees, but our specific neighborhood has surprisingly few. We're hoping to set an example and encourage our neighbors to plant more of these beauties.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Morrilton, Arkansas
Umatilla, Florida
Locust Grove, Georgia
Olathe, Kansas
Arnold, Maryland
Madison, Mississippi
Oxford, Mississippi
Manheim, Pennsylvania
Christiana, Tennessee
Dickson, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Bandera, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Richmond, Texas

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