The Texas Red Oak, also commonly referred to as Spanish Oak, Nuttall's Oak, Spotted Oak, Rock Oak, and Buckley Oak, is a large deciduous tree native to Oklahoma and Texas. The Texas Red Oak is almost indistinguishable from the Shumard Oak. This is a stately tree with a wide rounded crown which provides great summer shade. Like all oak trees, it produces oval acorns (to 1 1/2" long) with scaly cups that mature in two seasons after planting. (The acorns are loved by small mammals.) This tree has dark green leaves that are 4-8'' long. Its fall leaves range in color from yellow-gold to bright red depending on seasonal and soil conditions. This tree's colors change later in the season, so while other trees are already turning brown, this tree will still be brightly colored. The Texas Red Oak is very popular due to its fast growth rate, ease of care, tolerance of cold/heat, fall color, and ability to thrive in varying soils including semi-wet areas. It does well in winter conditions and makes a perfect shade tree, street tree, or ornamental tree. You can expect this tree to reach a height of around 40-50 feet and a canopy width around 30-35 feet at maturity. This is a great tree for the SOUTHERN United States. It's cousin, the Northern Red Oak, being a better option for use north of Oklahoma.
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