At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Fagaceae
Latin Name: Quercus Falcata
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Reddish-brown
Bloom: Green and red
Bloom Time: April to May
Shape: Pyramidal to spreading
Bark: Dark gray and furrowed
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 6 to Zone 9
Size: 60 to 80 feet
Spread: 40 to 50 feet
Care: Medium to dry, well drained soil

Rearing up to 60-80 ft. and spreading out 40-50 ft., this majestic and proudly pyramidal tree is a formidable sight to behold. It has a rounded and extremely thick canopy when mature, with glossy deciduous leaves that shift in the autumn from dark green to earthy red-brown hues. Its trunk is long with ascendant branches, covered by a thin, ridged, dark grey bark which grows extremely fissured with age. Its acorns and twigs are uniquely fuzzed, and the acorns are relatively small and deeply encased in their cups. Seed production usually occurs after 25 years, with optimal production occurring between the ages of 50-75. In April and May, the tree produces modest catkins which range in color from yellow to green or red.

Handsome and stately, the fast-growing and long-living Southern Red Oak is a suitable landscape and shade tree for lawns and streets. Its strong lumber, while not rot-proof, has many uses in general construction. This specimen is cultivated best in medium to dry, well-drained soils and is partial to full sun. It is also nicknamed the “Spanish Oak”, though it is unlike any oaks that are native to Spain; the name is likely derived from the fact that the Southern Red Oak is regularly found in regions of the United States where early Spanish colonies were located.

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