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Audubon Native Southern Red Oak Tree leaves
Up-close leaf shot of the Audubon Native Southern Red Oak tree
Up-close fall bronze-leaf shot of the Audubon Native Southern Red Oak tree
American counties where Audubon Native Southern Red Oak Treeling is native to
Audubon Native Southern Red Oak Tree leaves
Up-close leaf shot of the Audubon Native Southern Red Oak tree
Up-close fall bronze-leaf shot of the Audubon Native Southern Red Oak tree
American counties where Audubon Native Southern Red Oak Treeling is native to

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
  • Mature Height: 60-80' tall
  • Mature Width: 40-50' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 50-70' apart



  • Bristled green leaves transform a fantastic bright red in fall
  • Charming rounded canopy
  • Fast-growing native shade tree
  • May Benefit & Attract: Turkeys, woodpeckers, nuthatches, jays, and titmice
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
  • This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees and plants are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Audubon® Native Southern Red Oak Treeling

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Audubon® Plants for Birds: Quercus falcata

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Why the Audubon® Native Southern Red Oak Treeling?

Southern Red Oak asks for little but gives so much! This tough, tenacious southern shade tree grows on the poorest soils without complaint, growing into a grand specimen with a tall, straight trunk and a beautiful arching canopy. Southern Red Oaks offer safe and secure nesting sites and food in abundance. Oak Trees’ acorns are always a hit with larger birds like Turkeys, Woodpeckers, and Blue Jays, but Southern Red Oaks acorns are small, making them manageable for even smaller birds like Titmice and Nuthatches. For insectivorous birds, a smorgasbord awaits in the form of caterpillars, leafhoppers, bugs, and beetles that feed on the foliage.

Since the seventeenth century, Southern Red Oak has also been known as the Spanish Oak, though nobody knows why. It has nothing to do with Spain. This is an American tree, native primarily to the southeastern states, but also reaching up into southeastern New York and southern Illinois. In the South, it grows prolifically, even on badly eroded red clay soils. In better sites, it becomes a regal specimen. The two national co-champions live in Virginia. One is currently 92 feet tall, with a trunk that’s eight-and-a-half feet wide. The other is 140 feet tall, with a seven-foot trunk.

How to use in the landscape?

Have you ever come across one of those funny walking stick insects? With Southern Red Oak, you may get your chance. Oaks are one common food source for these bizarre animals. Very cool.

Why Bower & Branch?

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.

What is the definition of Native?

“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.

Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.

How To Plant

Plant your Southern Red Oak in an area where it will have lots of elbow room and will receive full sun all day. It is not fussy about soil and will be quite drought tolerant once it’s established. Water regularly during the first couple of years while it is putting down roots. Little pruning will be necessary, but if you must prune, do so only between December and February. The fungal disease Oak Wilt can strike when Oaks are pruned during active growth. Southern Red Oak is particularly sensitive to root disturbance, and construction in its vicinity can be fatal. Plant it where it will be left alone to live a long and happy life!

How To Water

Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. If planting in the fall, use Elements fertilizer while planting and start your regular annual fertilizing the following fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established as it gives your tree the nutrients it needs to produce lush new growth for the following spring.

How To Prune

A young tree may need a little extra support to ensure that it lives a long and healthy life. Stake your new Treeling with a 6-8 foot tall wood or bamboo stake. Use expandable ties that will stretch as the tree grows, fastening the stake to the main trunk from the base to the top. Check the ties every few months, at least twice a year; ensuring the ties are not digging into the trunk. If there is any sign of this, take the tie off and reattach it, giving the tree more room to grow.

As your tree grows, remove a few of the lower branches each year in mid to late summer. Remove these lower branches before they reach 1/2 inch in diameter. It is better to make small cuts to avoid cutting a large, more mature branch - this is too stressful for the tree. Each year, make any corrective pruning needed, paying particular attention to removing damaged branches, rubbing branches, multiple leaders at the top, or suckers at the base. Limit any pruning to no more than 25% of the branching structure in a given year. Pruning benefits the tree and helps to achieve a balanced tree form.

After two or three years you can feel free to remove the stake from the tree.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 6-9

How Does Shipping Work?

Size Small (AAA), Medium (A2A), and Large (AA) plants (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

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