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Red Oak

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Red Oak tree

Red Oak tree

Species

Quercus rubra

Family

Fagaceae

Campus Location

Northwest corner of the Legislative Building

Native Range

Midwest and eastern United States

Description

  • Deciduous, typically growing to 90 feet tall.
  • Susceptible to bacterial leaf scorch and borer infestations.
  • Landscape uses include shade, specimen and parks.

History and significance:
Red oak is one of the finest woods for building material, flooring and furniture, and it's an excellent source of heating fuel. It's also used for tanning and dying cloth, and its acorns are a good source of nutrition for wildlife.

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