The red oak is a major timber species of the eastern United States and the Midwest. They are good landscape trees valued both for their shade and beautiful red leaves in the fall. They provide food and shelter for birds and mammals. The tree can grow 60-80 feet tall. The leaves are five to nine inches long and have 7, 9, or 11 lobes. Each individual lobe will have three tiny “teeth” and tiny bristles on the ends. The acorns are oblong with flat saucer-like caps.
It is a fast-growing tree once it is established. Each season there is something red on the tree. In spring they have tiny red flowers; summer, red stems on leaves; fall, red leaves; winter, red buds.