Northern red oak (Quercus rubra) is a medium-sized deciduous tree native to the eastern United States, where it has a wide distribution range.
The tree is valued as an ornamental, given its symmetrical shape and significant red autumn foliage. Northern red oak is often found in pure stands, where it grows on a wide variety of soils. However, the tree prefers deep, well-drained loamy soils. The species grows at elevations up to 1680 m, but usually occurs on lower north- and east-facing slopes. It is light-demanding and requires a large space to grow.