Southern Red Oak

Quercus falcata


The southern red oak has a unique appearance with its dark green, wispy foliage and pale, rusty colored leaf undersides. Acorns are high in tannin and not preferred by deer unless they are the only acorn in the area.


Mainly southeastern US, but ranging west to eastern Oklahoma and north to New Jersey, south to Florida.

Distribution Map


Uplands and bottomlands. Ranges from dry, rocky ridges to moist, flat land.


Shiny, dark green. 3 to 7 narrow, tapered lobes, with deep sinuses. Leaf shape sometimes resembles a turkey foot. Underside of leaf is pubescent and rusty in color.

Southern Red Oak


Dark gray and furrowed, shifting to light brownish-gray and lightly fissured on upper limbs and on young trees.

Southern Red Oak


Small (1/2 to 3/4") with somewhat cone-shaped caps covering about 1/3 of the nut.

Southern Red Oak


Look-alike oaks:

Cherrybark Oak - Was once considered the same species, but cherrybark oak leaves have shallower sinuses, and lack the rusty color on the underside. Bark of cherrybark oak is usually more flaky than that of southern red oak.

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