The Beautiful Northern Red Oak
The beautiful Northern Red Oak is considered a national treasure as one of the handsomest, cleanest and stateliest trees in North America. This fast growing tree offers a dense crown and brilliant red fall colors, is known for its adaptability in urban settings, and provides great value to wildlife. A great choice for the yard or the farm, it has the honor of being the State tree of New Jersey.
Besides its beauty, the Red Oak is a great provider for wildlife. Red Oak acorns are a top food choice for for blue jays, wild turkeys, squirrels, small rodents, whitetail deer, raccoons, and black bears. Deer also browse the buds and twigs in wintertime.
This American native became a favorite transplant in Europe. It is believed that Bishop Compton's garden, near Fulham in England, received the first Red Oak transplant abroad in the late 17th century. In 1924, there were over 450 acres of Red Oak plantations in Baden, Germany.