Quercus falcata

Spanish oak, southern red oak


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 60-80 ft    Width: 60-70 ft
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Fall color


Recommended Uses: Shade tree.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: Acidic


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
  • Host plant for the Banded Hairstread, Edward's Hairstreak, Grey Hairstreak, White-Mouth Hairstreak, Horace's Duskywing, and Juvenal's Duskywing butterflies.
  • The acorns are eaten by woodpeckers, blue jays, white-breasted nuthatches, American crows and wild turkey
  • Attracts small mammals including squirrels, white-tailed deer and black bear.
Native Habitats: Pine-oak-hickory woods, dry bluffs, sinks, secondary woods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Like most oaks, the leaves are highly variable with leaves in the upper parts of the tree generally being more finely divided.