Southern Red Oak (Quercus falcata)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6b -20.6 °C (-5 °F) to -17.8 °C (0 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 50 - 100 feet
Plant Spread: 30 - 60 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter and early spring
Other: flowers appear before leaf buds
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Not suitable for containers

A pretty good sized tree at the edge of our bottomland

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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2012-04-12A pretty good sized tree at the edge of our bottomland
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2014-03-31
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-01-08full-grown tree in winter
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: April 5, 2011
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Location: San Antonio, TXDate: December 30 2004
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-08-20full-grown tree
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-01-08close-up of bark on trunk
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-07-02full-grown specimen
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Location: Rehoboth Beach, DelawareDate: 2016-10-14tree near shore area
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Location: Rehoboth Beach, DelawareDate: 2016-10-14portion of trunk
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Location: Rehoboth Beach, DelawareDate: 2016-10-14looking up trunk
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2012-03-16Spring leaves and "flowers"
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-07-02summer leaves
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-11-06autumn color
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2016-11-22fall color of full-grown tree
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-01-08portion of trunk
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Location: Rehoboth Beach, DelawareDate: 2016-10-14leaves larger and more lobes than PA specimens
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW on Dec 7, 2017 3:29 PM

The Southern Red Oak is a handsome large tree that is common in upland dry soils of many areas of the South into the Mid-Atlantic. Its native range is from southern New Jersey down into northern Florida to east Texas up to southern Illinois. Its lustrous leaves are 5 to 9 inches long that are 3 to 7 lobed with the terminal lobe longer than the others. The rounded acorns are small of about 1/2 inch long. I've seen quite a few in the sandy, acid soils of southern and central Delaware and some in a few spots in southeast Pennsylvania.

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