Oak, Northern 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 rubra


Native to:
Nova Scotia to Pennsylvania, west to Minnesota and Iowa

Mature Height and Width:
60-75 feet by 60-75 feet, can reach 100 feet high

Additional Notes:
The tour begins at the edge of the Old Main part of campus.  While not among the most dramatic individuals you will visit on this tour, this tree is the first of many oaks you will encounter.  Northern red oak is a versatile native species widely planted for landscaping.  In forests where this species is native, particularly in the upper Midwest and eastern United States, northern red oak often serves as the focal point for management, given its enduring value for wildlife food and potential to produce high quality timber.