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Common Name: Red Oak      Latin Name: Quercus rubra      Size: 40 (min) to 60 (max)
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The top of the red oak in my front yard died over the winter. The tree was planted two years ago and did fine last year. This spring the top third is coming in sparsely, while the bottom two thirds look good. I went up on a ladder and confirmed that some if not all of the branches are dead. If I cut away the dead wood at the top, will the tree have a chance of growing and looking well-shaped. Or should I take it out and plant something elseThanks.
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PlantPlaces.com QR Code Red Oak
Quercus rubra
Maximum Height: 60 feet

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Category: Tree
Family: Fagaceae
Genus: Quercus
species: rubra
Origin:
Size: 40 (min) to 60 (max)
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Plant Images and Specimens
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Location: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

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Location: 2719 Marlo Way Lakeside Park, Ky
Photo Credit: Steve Foltz

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Leaves of Red Oak

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Leaves of Red Oak

Location: Lakeside Park 2719 Marlo Way Lakeside Park KY 41017
Specimen: 166
Location: Beechwood Rd., Ft. Mitchell, KY 236 Beechwood Rd. Fort Mitchell KY
Specimen: 466
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Mature tree going into fall color
Location: Beechwood Rd., Ft. Mitchell, KY
Photo Credit: Steve Foltz

Location: Kew Gardens Richmond Surrey (London, England) TW9 3AB
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 51.470900000000000 Longitude: -0.294010013341904] Specimen: 811
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Quercus rubra at Kew Gardens
Location: Royal Botanical Gardens Kew
Photo Credit: Brandan Jones
Season: May 2011
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Quercus rubra at Kew Gardens
Location: Royal Botanical Gardens Kew
Photo Credit: Brandan Jones
Season: May 2011
Location: Good Shepherd Catholic Church 8815 East Kemper Road Cincinnati OH 45242
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 39.267238900000000 Longitude: -84.322491933333300] Specimen: 1107
Location: Good Shepherd Catholic Church 8815 East Kemper Road Cincinnati OH 45242
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 39.267217050000000 Longitude: -84.321913850000000] Specimen: 1108
Location: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens 3400 Vine Street Cincinnati OH 45220
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 39.144810550000000 Longitude: -84.509485533333300] Specimen: 1339
Location: Ault Park 5090 Observatory Circle Cincinnati OH
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 39.133893983333300 Longitude: -84.411094966666700] Specimen: 1456
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.894264450000000 Longitude: -77.006137416666700] Specimen: 1554
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.894264450000000 Longitude: -77.006137416666700] Specimen: 1555
Location: National Arboretum 3501 New York Avenue Northeast Washington DC 20002
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.914047266666700 Longitude: -76.955652966666700] Specimen: 1633
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.893992000000000 Longitude: -77.010456883333300] Specimen: 1663
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.893824266666700 Longitude: -77.010640300000000] Specimen: 1665
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.892962650000000 Longitude: -77.011654050000000] Specimen: 1666
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.893016600000000 Longitude: -77.011688783333300] Specimen: 1667
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.892967116666700 Longitude: -77.011839133333300] Specimen: 1668
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.892890300000000 Longitude: -77.011739133333300] Specimen: 1669
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.892416083333300 Longitude: -77.012298266666700] Specimen: 1670
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.895679450000000 Longitude: -77.007168466666700] Specimen: 1677
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.895555283333300 Longitude: -77.008677433333300] Specimen: 1678
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.896860966666700 Longitude: -77.008080483333300] Specimen: 1688
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.893275883333300 Longitude: -77.009941200000000] Specimen: 1694
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.893376666666700 Longitude: -77.009568133333300] Specimen: 1695
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.893228850000000 Longitude: -77.009497050000000] Specimen: 1696
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.893228850000000 Longitude: -77.009497050000000] Specimen: 1697
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.893134783333300 Longitude: -77.009407250000000] Specimen: 1698
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.892869400000000 Longitude: -77.009508333333300] Specimen: 1699
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.892869400000000 Longitude: -77.009508333333300] Specimen: 1700
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.892869400000000 Longitude: -77.009508333333300] Specimen: 1701
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.892610966666700 Longitude: -77.009483616666700] Specimen: 1702
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.892639616666700 Longitude: -77.009407366666700] Specimen: 1703
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.892619233333300 Longitude: -77.009294766666700] Specimen: 1704
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.892369266666700 Longitude: -77.009229633333300] Specimen: 1705
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.892128050000000 Longitude: -77.008831916666700] Specimen: 1706
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.888401383333300 Longitude: -77.007628933333300] Specimen: 1750
Location: United States Capitol Complex Capitol Hill Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.888308950000000 Longitude: -77.006421433333300] Specimen: 1756
Location: Newport Kentucky Neighborhood Plants Newport KY
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 39.094352833333300 Longitude: -84.492027783333300] Specimen: 1805
Location: Village of Moscow, Ohio Water St Moscow OH
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.858304200000000 Longitude: -84.226852933333300] Specimen: 1870
Location: Village of Moscow, Ohio Water St Moscow OH
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.856640050000000 Longitude: -84.227636916666700] Specimen: 1885
Location: Kew Gardens Richmond Surrey (London, England) TW9 3AB
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 51.470586316666700 Longitude: -0.294863050000000] Specimen: 2314
Location: Cleveland Botanical Garden 11030 East Blvd Cleveland OH 44106
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 41.510119883333300 Longitude: -81.610222033333300] Specimen: 2925
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Quercus Rubra
Location: Cleveland Botanical Garden
Photo Credit: Brandan Jones
Season: May 2013
Location: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens 3400 Vine Street Cincinnati OH 45220
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 0.000000000000000 Longitude: 0.000000000000000] Specimen: 2985
Location: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens 3400 Vine Street Cincinnati OH 45220
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 0.000000000000000 Longitude: 0.000000000000000] Specimen: 2986
Location: Oak Hill Cemetery Princeton Springdale OH 45246
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 39.279652900000000 Longitude: -84.468511766666700] Specimen: 3118
Location: Spring Grove Ave. between Beech and Vine 5304 Spring Grove Avenue Cincinnati OH
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 60.163207016666700 Longitude: 24.953601633333300] Specimen: 3249
Location: Spring Grove Ave. between Beech and Vine 5304 Spring Grove Avenue Cincinnati OH
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 59.932165983333300 Longitude: 30.308702283333300] Specimen: 3255
Location: My Plant Collection
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.930087870000000 Longitude: -84.676967170000000] Specimen: 3714
Location: University of Cincinnati 2600 Clifton Ave Cincinnati OH
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 39.129552590000000 Longitude: -84.517101190000000] Specimen: 3983
Location: Spring Grove Ave. between Beech and Vine 5304 Spring Grove Avenue Cincinnati OH
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 39.135076020000000 Longitude: -84.519239120000000] Specimen: 4287
Location: Halifax Public Gardens, Nova Scotia, Canada Halifax Public Gardens Halifax Nova Scotia
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 44.642600560000000 Longitude: -63.583023280000000] Specimen: 4659
Location: Halifax Public Gardens, Nova Scotia, Canada Halifax Public Gardens Halifax Nova Scotia
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 44.643165350000000 Longitude: -63.584143450000000] Specimen: 4664
Location: Glasgow Botanic Garden, Scotland 730 Great Western Rd Glasgow, Glasgow City G12 0UE, United Kingdom
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 55.881430768039700 Longitude: -4.294144152101710] Specimen: 5234
Location: Brooklyn Botanic Garden 900 Washington Avenue Brooklyn NY 11225
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 40.670141810000000 Longitude: -73.966806380000000] Specimen: 5982
Location: Queens Botanical Garden
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 40.750078480000000 Longitude: -73.826066010000000] Specimen: 7189
Location: Queens Botanical Garden
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 40.750119760000000 Longitude: -73.826205300000000] Specimen: 7204
Location: Queens Botanical Garden
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 40.749981220000000 Longitude: -73.827274730000000] Specimen: 7240
Location: Queens Botanical Garden
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 40.751124500000000 Longitude: -73.827009520000000] Specimen: 7271
Location: Queens Botanical Garden
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 40.751502760000000 Longitude: -73.826833290000000] Specimen: 7272
Location: Queens Botanical Garden
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 40.751504500000000 Longitude: -73.826748420000000] Specimen: 7273
Location: Washington, DC 300 New Jersey Ave SE Washington DC 20515
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.930356960000000 Longitude: -77.054014490000000] Specimen: 8152
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National Zoo
Location: Washington, DC 300 New Jersey Ave SE

Location: Kew Gardens Richmond Surrey (London, England) TW9 3AB
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 51.471277090000000 Longitude: -0.293756540000000] Specimen: 10494
Location: Kew Gardens Richmond Surrey (London, England) TW9 3AB
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 51.470854840000000 Longitude: -0.294820720000000] Specimen: 10502
Location: Harrisburg, PA
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 40.263781230000000 Longitude: -76.880756600000000] Specimen: 10732
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State Capitol building
Location: Harrisburg, PA

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State Capitol building
Location: Harrisburg, PA

Location: Harrisburg, PA
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 40.264798380000000 Longitude: -76.881659350000000] Specimen: 10733
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State Capitol building
Location: Harrisburg, PA

Location: Harrisburg, PA
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 40.265635930000000 Longitude: -76.881173940000000] Specimen: 10734
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State Capitol building
Location: Harrisburg, PA

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State Capitol building
Location: Harrisburg, PA

Location: Manhattan
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 40.765594200000000 Longitude: -73.973042400000000] Specimen: 11332
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Central Park October 2018
Location: Manhattan

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Central Park October 2018
Location: Manhattan

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Central Park October 2018
Location: Manhattan

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