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Crimson Spire Oak

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An extremely beautiful tall tree with a narrowly columnar habit of growth and deep red fall color, ideal for formal screening in the home landscape, a far better choice than Lombardy Poplar; extremely tough and adaptable, faster growing than other oaks

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
45 feet
Average Landscape Width:
12 feet
Genus:
Quercus
Cultivar:
Crimschmidt
Branching:
excurrent
Plant Form:
columnar
Canopy:
low
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
best if not pruned
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
brick red
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Crimson Spire Oak is primarily valued in the landscape for its rigidly columnar form. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The lobed leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall. However, the fruit can be messy in the landscape and may require occasional clean-up.

Landscape Attributes

Crimson Spire Oak is a dense deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Crimson Spire Oak will grow to be about 45 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 100 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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