Northern Red Oak Quercus rubra Linnaeus    Synonyms: Quercus maxima.
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Fagales   >   Family Fagaceae   >   Genus Quercus   

Where to find:

Common in western and central Maryland but not common on the coastal plain, where Southern Red Oak (Q. falcata) reigns instead. In "...much of the greater Washington, D.C. area along the fall line and inner coastal plain, dry, weathered, acidic summits, hilltops, terrace tops, and upper slopes of hills and ridges are usually characterized by dominant stands of Chestnut Oak... and Mountain Laurel..., occasionally intermingled with lesser concentrations of deciduous heaths and other heaths. Often co-dominant and intermixed with the above on mid to lower north facing slopes--especially on very steep slopes and above streams--are Witch Hazel... and Northern Red Oak" (Botanist/ecologist R. Simmons, as quoted in Choukas-Bradley, 2012).

Relationships:

Has been recorded as a host plant for Banded Hairstreak.

Host plant for various moth species including Common Gray Moth, Banded Tussock Moth, American Dagger Moth and Buck Moth (Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants).

There are 162 records in the project database.

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A Northern Red Oak in Talbot Co., Maryland (2/25/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Northern Red Oak with acorns in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/9/2019). Photo by Matthew Beziat. (MBP list)

Northern Red Oak in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/27/2012). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Northern Red Oak in Garrett Co., Maryland (8/25/2019). Photo by Kirsten Johnson. (MBP list)

Northern Red Oak in Bear Heaven, West Virginia (8/11/2012). Photo by Tom Feild. (MBP list)

Northern Red Oak in Washington Co., Maryland (3/10/2016). Photo by Jane Hill. (MBP list)

Northern Red Oak in Montgomery Co., Maryland (2/23/2017). Photo by Jane Hill. (MBP list)

Northern Red Oak in Garrett Co., Maryland (9/13/2013). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Northern Red Oak in Howard Co., Maryland (10/1/2012). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Autumn foliage of Northern Red Oak in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (11/3/2010). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Northern Red Oak in Carroll Co., Maryland (6/16/2017). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Northern Red Oak in Washington Co., Maryland (5/28/2017). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Northern Red Oak in Howard Co., Maryland (6/2/2017). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Northern Red Oak in Washington Co., Maryland (5/27/2017). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)


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