There are so many reasons to love Red Oaks. They are majestic, long-lived trees that have striking fall colour and wildlife appeal. A single tree can be home and food to over 500 different species of butterflies/moths (Lepidoptera). The acorns that Oaks produce in general have been one of the most essential foods of ancestral peoples from all over the world.
This nut has a long shelf life, is extremely nourishing, and provides the body with many complex nutrients and energy. They are a complete protein. We make various recipes out of the mighty acorn like crackers, cookies, nut cheeses, and breads. Planting Red Oaks creates a massive positive ripple in nature. These trees will nourish the landscape, animals, and humans for hundreds of years.
Red Oaks are extremely drought tolerant once established, and are adaptable to different soil types except water logged. They are self fertile but will greatly benefit from having multiple trees in proximity to cross pollinate. If you’re interested in trying to eat acorns, check out our article all about it.
|Botanical name||Quercus rubra|
|Hardiness Zone||Zone 3|
|Sun Requirements||Full sun|
|Average year to bear fruit||8-15|
|Harvest Time||September to November|
|Soil||Slightly acidic, tolerant of many soil types|