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Quercus rubra Tree

Red Oak Trees
  • £69.99 (ex VAT)
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The sharply and heavily lobed dark-green foliage of Quercus rubra turns wonderful shades of red with hints of yellow and bronze in the autumn. It is commonly known as the Red Oak tree due to this autumn display. Spring catkins are a source of nectar for bees and once pollinated, become the easily recognised acorns which are popular with wildlife, such as squirrels.

Quercus rubra is a grand looking Oak tree with a deeply rounded crown, which makes the perfect nesting site for birds. The Red Oak tree is fast growing and spreading, reaching a height and spread of 10 x 8 metres in 20 years. Any well drained, lime-free soil in full sun or partial shade with suit this tough Quercus variety and exposure isn’t a problem.

AKA Red oak, Champion oak, Northern red oak

  • Common name: Red Oak tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 10 x 8 metres
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Environmental benefits: High carbon storage
  • Season of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • Foliage: Dark-green leaves turn red, bronze and yellow in autumn
  • Soil: Suited to a free-draining, moist site and tolerant of most soil types

Planting Advice for Quercus Rubra trees

Our pot grown Red Oak trees can be planted at any time of the year. Prepare the planting site by removing all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil

Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend using a tree staking kit and if your area is prone to rabbits, a rabbit guard. For further information visit the advice section.

Aftercare Advice for Red Oak trees

If you’re planting in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. We stock a range of irrigation kits to help. Make sure to keep an eye on young Oak trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons.

Pruning Advice for Quercus Rubra trees

Champion Oak trees develop a well-balanced canopy with little help from us. Established oak trees only require tidying up, by removing any crossing or damaged branches.

You can encourage young oak trees to form a clear trunk by pruning the lower branches. This will help to raise the canopy and improve the overall look of the tree.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is on the product/basket page. Orders are despatched once all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Quercus rubra Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot Quercus rubra Price £69.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 150-200cm 12L pot £69.99 (ex VAT)
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Ready by: 31st Aug 2021
Ready by: 31st Aug 2021
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)
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