Red River Oak
COMMON NAMES: Red Oak, Red River Oak, Pin Oak, Striped Oak
BOTANICAL NAME: Quercus nuttallii
PRONUNCIATION: KWER-kus nu-TALL-ee-eye
TYPE: Deciduous - Sun
HEIGHT: to 50 feet
SPREAD: 40 feet
SPACING: 30 - 40 feet
HABIT: Medium to large tree, deciduous shad tree. Fall color is not spectacular Small trees have a narrow pyramidal crown which becomes broad, open and wide-spreading with age. It is closely related to northern pin oak, Q. ellipsoidalis. Its leaf resembles that of a Shumard red oak, Q. shumardii, but is more deeply lobed and the acorns are larger and have a deeper cup.
CULTURE: Found in bottomlands, floodplains and drainage basins. Grows well with winter flooding on sites with year-round moisture and in areas that are waterlogged and oxygen-deficient. Will withstand a great variability in pH, but it cannot tolerate shade.
USES: Shade tree, especially good for heavy moist soils.
PROBLEMS: Not greatly drought tolerant.
NOTES: Sometimes confused with pin oak.