The height and circumference measurements listed above are for the largest-known southern red oak in Atlanta. This tree is located on private property.
Here is another classic oak tree that grows to gigantic proportions. Red oaks are very common in the South and provide thick shade. The leaf is bicolored with a silvery underside that flashes in the sunlight when the wind rustles the leaves.
Red oaks develop internal decay more readily than white oaks, so it drops large branches more easily. It is also more prone to root rot, which is often difficult to detect, so it should be monitored closely.
The wood of a red oak is moderately heavy and is used for furniture wood and firewood.
Bark: Chris Evans, Illinois Wildlife Action Plan, Bugwood.org
Sun Leaf: Chris Evans, Illinois Wildlife Action Plan, Bugwood.org
Shade leaves: Mike Hogan, auburn.edu
Acorns: Franklin Bonner, USFS (ret.), Bugwood.org
Flowers: Steven J. Baskauf, Vanderbilt University Bioimages
Uprooted tree: Peter Jenkins, TreeInspection.com