Red Oak – Quercus Rubra
Red Oak is a large majestic tree that can grow to be 30 meters high. It has a straight, thick trunk and a rounded crown, making it a good shade tree with lots of head-room around the base. Red oak is an excellent choice for rural & urban plantings if you have enough room for it to grow. It transplants well, grows quickly, and is pest and disease resistant.
The best habitat for red oak is a dry sunny slope, but it is very adaptable to other sites and soils. It requires some shade when it is young, but needs full sun as it matures.
Burr Oak – Quercus Macrocarpa
The Bur Oak is a smaller oak that grows to about 15 metres in height and lives to about 200 years of age. The Bur Oak grows best on deep rich soil to accommodate its deep tap root. It can survive in other locations but may not have an ideal form. Because of its deep root, is drought-resistant. It tolerates air pollution, and will grow in less than perfect soil. With these qualities, the bur oak is a highly desirable tree for the city environment.