Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees
- Maximum height
- Relative growth rate
- Freedom from insect pests
- Freedom from disease problems
- Resistance to storm damage
- Will grow on poorly drained soil
- Will grow in hot, dry areas
- Easy to transplant
- Withstands city conditions
Red oak is one of the fastest growing of all the oaks. It develops into a large, broad, round-topped tree with a deep red fall color. It withstands city conditions, has a clean habit of growth and makes one of our best street and shade trees.
Scarlet oak is very similar to red oak. Few people can tell the two species apart. As far as the landscape is concerned, they can be considered as the same.