Scientific Name: Quercus rubra
Nativity: Eastern North America
One of the most important species for North American timber production used for everything from veneer to firewood, many other species of oaks are labelled as red oak when sold. Red oaks often have cavities and branches that are suitable for nesting, attracting a wide variety of mammals and birds. Ungulates as well as small mammals eat leaves and smaller seedlings, while many bird species enjoy the acorns. The acorns were also very important to Native Americans as a food source and medicine for treating heart problems and lung infections. They were also used to create a disinfectant. Oak acorns contain toxic tannins that require boiling, soaking, and leaching to remove.
DBH: 17.5 inches