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True Root Nursery

Red Oak Seedling

Red Oak Seedling

Species: Quercus rubra

History: Red Oaks are native to southeastern Canada and the central and eastern United States where it is one of the most important trees for commercial lumber production. It was introduced to Europe in 1700 for this reason but its quick growing nature has caused it to become invasive in several countries. There are several tree noted for their size and age, including Zhelevo (the Macedonian word for 'roots') in Toronto who is over 250 years old and has a circumference of 4.95m.  

Why We Grow It: Red oaks have slightly pink heartwood, and are a versatile and practical hardwood for woodworking. Processing the nuts to remove tannins results in an interesting addition to the table: acorns can be toasted, and/or made into flour and used in baking.

Fruit Specs

Recommended Use: Baking, cooking

Fruit Size:

Storage: Acorns can keep up to four months

Harvest: September - Late

Growing Specs

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4

Soil Preference: Prefers loam

Flowering Time:

Bloom Colour:

Pollination Requirements: Requires another Red Oak as a pollinator in order to produce acorns

Sun/Shade Requirements:

Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

General Growth Habits:

Tree reaches 28m usually but can grow up to 43m. Susceptible to Oak Wilt.

Shipping vs. Pick Up

CLICK HERE to see how shipping compares to pick up.

Shipping: Every year we ship thousands of trees across Canada (except BC due to CFIA regulations). We carefully bag roots in damp sawdust, then box them and send them out via courrier. CLICK HERE to see our shipping policy.

Pick-up: We also have thousands of trees picked up from our nursery each year. The pick-up options is free, though you must wait until you have been emailed a confirmation that your order is ready to pick up, which will have further information such as hours, locations, etc. We really appreciate if you can make an appointment to pick up, then we can be as organized as possible during our busy season.

Size at Purchase

Our ungrafted fruit tree seedlings, nut tree seedlings, berries, and other miscellaneous plants are categorized into the following sizes excluding the roots:

  • 5-15cm
  • 15cm+
  • 30cm+
  • 60cm+
  • 90cm+

All of these heights exclude the roots since seedlings and some berries will often have a lot of root growth but relatively little vegetative growth (ex. our Shagbark Hickories seedlings are often 5-15cm above the soil but will have roots that reach 20cm+ in length).

Not all of our berries and seedlings will be available in all of these grades since growth rate can vary significantly across species and even varieties. While we remain competitive in our plant size, it's also worth noting we don't use synthetic chemicals to push vegetative growth, therefore you may find conventional nursery stock larger in some instances comparatively. 

Why plant small? It's best to transplant when a plant is young so it can establish its roots before it has a lot of vegetative growth. This is much less stressful on it and bareroot plants tend to catch up and even surpass larger potted ones planted at the same time, after a few years.

Orders that are cancelled last minute due to size (being "too small"), will still incur the applicable cancellation fees if the plants are true to our grading standards as per the agreement of sale when the order was placed.

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