Audubon® Native Southern Red Oak

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With high wildlife appeal and easily increasing property values, the Southern Red Oak Tree (Quercus falcata) is a popular, long-lived, deciduous tree, grown throughout a wide region. It is native to the United States and makes a perfect shade tree for landscapes across the southeastern US. This popular, long-lived, deciduous tree is grown throughout a wide region. It is native to the United States and makes a perfect shade tree for many yards.

Like its Oak cousins, these mighty, long-lived trees and their highly recognizable leaves are among the most versatile trees grown in America. You'll have seen them used as street trees or in parks and golf courses. This is a wonderful tree for large landscapes, the stately presence only gets better with age! Fall brings lovely red-orange fall color when temps are just right.

Hardy USDA growing zones 6 through 9, bird-friendly Southern Red Oak Tree acorns attract a variety of birds and mammals and like other native Oaks, it is a high-value wildlife plant! It is native from New Jersey to southern portions of Illinois, then south to Texas and Florida. It is a Host Plant for various Hairstreak and Duskywing Butterflies, plus a slew of insects and butterfly larvae that feed hungry songbird chicks. The acorns are eaten by Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, White Breasted Nuthatches and Crows, as well as Deer, Squirrels and Chipmunks!

Planting and Application:

Use a row of these windbreak trees along the sunny edge of a wilderness for habitat and shade. Add it to mixed plantings to create a natural ecosystem in your yard and a mature tree is in of itself an entire biodiverse living organism. These towering bird fortresses create a grove of trees planted along a curved semi-circle. Then, add a patio with comfy seating in the center. You'll feel like you are living in an outdoor sanctuary.

Southern Red Oak Trees attract Wild Turkeys, Blue Jays and even White-Tailed Deer who rely on the yearly crop of acorns. Be sure to include this variety in a well-managed food forest. The acorns produced are considered prime forage for wildlife. Pair with other Oak trees to ensure a consistent acorn mast production across the season.

  • Large Pointed Foliage
  • Strong Branching & Straight Trunk
  • Lush Shade & Fall Color
  • Fantastic Pollinator, Bird & Wildlife Habitat
  • Native Shade & Specimen Trees

#ProPlantTips for Care:

The Southern Red Oak requires well-drained soils and is intolerant of wet conditions, preferring dry, sandy soils that are very well-drained. It needs full sun to thrive. The nice, symmetrical crown won't need much in the way of pruning, but if you do want to correct the form or remove crossing branches, prune in late winter. Its drought tolerance makes it especially useful as a street tree.

  • Full Sun
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Once Established
  • Any Xeric, Very Well-Drained Soil
  • Prune Late Winter
  • Native Hardwood Deciduous Tree

Audubon® Native Southern Red Oak Trees are hot and dry climate specimen trees that cast lush shade and grow to become a massive buffet and sanctuary for birds and wildlife! Hurry and order yours today from!

Audubon® Plant Information

Bird-Friendly native trees and plants provide food and shelter for local and migrating birds, as well as other wildlife. By purchasing and planting native flora, you will support Audubon's conservation mission and impact, while helping birds and wildlife thrive!

  • Grown Without Neonicotinoids
  • Audubon® is Licensed & Registered to the National Audubon Society
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  • Audubon® Native Plants & Trees are Exclusively Grown by Bower & Branch

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Audubon® Native Southern Red Oak Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Audubon Native Plants & Trees
Botanical Name Quercus falcata
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 60 - 80 feet
Mature Spread 40 - 50 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Low to Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Green
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant No