One of the largest, fastest growing and most resilient oak trees, the red oak tree thrives even in imperfect soil and polluted air. It reaches a height of 60 to 80 feet, and its branches span 40 to 60 feet across.
Because of its beauty, size and persistence, the red oak is often planted in parks and along sidewalks. Tree farmers also plant red oaks to use for timber.
The leaves of the red oak tree have seven to 11 lobes with bristly edges. These leaves turn red in the fall, earning the tree its name. The red oak trunk and branches have rough, ridged bark, and the tree grows large acorns.