#087 Southern Red Oak
(Quercus Falcata)

The tree is right on the intersection of Baker Drive and Archer Lane, near the Alvarez Student Union.

Statistics (2022)

  • Circumference (In.): 154″
  • Height (Ft.): 73′
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 54′
  • Diameter Breast Height (In.): 49″
  • Total Points: 241

More Information

  • Year Recognized: 2021
  • Current condition: Good
  • Property Type: Public
  • Ecological Value: Southern Red Oak is a native deciduous tree and is found in all areas of NC up to 2,000 ft. of elevation. It may grow 60 to 100 feet tall and spread 50-60 feet with a broad open rounded form. It is naturally found on poor upland mesic soils in much of eastern and central USA but also occasionally found along streams. It should be grown in full sun to part shade on well-drained, acidic, sandy loam, gravelly, or clay loam soils. It is drought tolerant but will tolerate occasional flooding. Acorns need 2 years to mature as is the norm for red oaks. There are 2 different types of leaves and they are tan and downy on the undersides which contrast nicely with the dark lustrous green on top, especially in the wind.