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Quercus rubra

 
Common name red oak
Family fagaceae
Life cycle tree
Size 50-70'
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

This tree came to us as a stick among sticks in an Arbor Day Society Ten free trees pack. We planted it in our back yard to celebrate the birth of our first-born son, Max. It's had its struggles through the years (not the least of which were the attacks with sticks and other "swords" which Max leveled against his own tree), and suffered from dieback a few years. This year it seems to be doing fine - soon it will be much taller than Max will ever be :-)

Quercus rubra
red oak
Sure enough, it shot up above both Max's head and mine this year!
Quercus rubra
Red autumn leaves

red oak
Still holding onto its (now brown) leaves in January

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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