Oak, Southern Red

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This tree is one of the 150 trees initially included in the arboretum to coincide with the campus's 150th anniversary celebration.

Scientific Name:
Quercus falcata


Native to:
Virginia to Florida, west to Southern Illinois and Arkansas

Mature Height and Width:
70-80 feet by 50-60 feet

Additional Notes:
Southern red oak is found across the uplands of the south and lower Midwest.  The species grows fast, lives a long time and can tolerate drought prone or abused soils.  However, it is rarely selected for planting in cities or in cultured settings due to its often rough, unkempt appearance.  When you see one growing in such a setting, it is generally a remnant of the pre-urban landscape.