As an Ontario and Niagara native, the Red Oak is valued for its wood and nice fall colour. Its tolerance to salt and toughness to a variety of conditions make it a popular city tree. The Red Oak prefers an acid ph but is more adaptable than the pin oak. Its wood is valuable for interiors but more porous than the white oak, making it unsuitable for wine barrels.
Shinny, dark-green in colour usually with red or potential yellow to orange fall colour. Lobes cut to the center of leaves in a shallower fashion than the Pin Oak. 9 lobes per leaf are most common.
Acorns are big and solid. Many male flower catkins scatter and cause allergies in the Spring and Summer.