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Red Oak

Quercus rubra

Plant Data

Order:
Fagales
Family:
Fagaceae (Beech)
Type:
Deciduous tree
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Green, no petals
 
Male drooping yellowish-green catkins. Small red female catkins appear in clusters of 1 to 3. Wind pollinated.
Fruit:
The female flowers develop into acorns. The acorns are borne in a cup and take 2 years to become ripe.
Leaves:
A deciduous tree. The dark green leaves have pointed lobes. The undersides of the leaves are paler than above. Leaves turn red in autumn.
Maximum Size:
21 metres tall
Foraging Notes:
The acorns are edible but only after the tannin's have been leached out. The tannic acid is toxic.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
American Red Oak, Champion Oak, Northern Red Oak.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen
Habitats:
Parkland, towns.