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Texas Red Oak

Quercus buckleyi

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Texas Red Oak (Quercus buckleyi) at Rainbow Gardens

Texas Red Oak

Texas Red Oak

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Texas Red Oak (Quercus buckleyi) at Rainbow Gardens

Texas Red Oak

Texas Red Oak

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Texas Red Oak (Quercus buckleyi) at Rainbow Gardens

Texas Red Oak foliage

Texas Red Oak foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  50 feet

Spread:  40 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8a

Other Names:  Buckley Oak, Spanish Oak, Spotted Oak, Rock Oak

Description:

An attractive upright and spreading oak that is sometimes multi-stemmed; best used in large landscapes where it has room to spread; extremely tough and adaptable but relatively slow growing; an excellent shade or large landscape accent tree

Ornamental Features

Texas Red Oak has attractive dark green foliage with grayish green undersides throughout the season. The glossy lobed leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding crimson in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. However, the fruit can be messy in the landscape and may require occasional clean-up.

Landscape Attributes

Texas Red Oak is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting squirrels to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy
  • Insects
  • Disease

Texas Red Oak is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Texas Red Oak will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 300 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.