Quercus rubra, the often admired Red Oak, is native to the Northern USA and has been grown in the British Isles since 1724 and was awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit in 1971. One of the best large, deciduous, ornamental Oaks in the Uk. It is a large tree, faster growing than most Oaks, with a broad head and large stiff branches. Leaves are large, matt green above, blue green underneath and distinctly lobed. In autumn they produce magnificent autumn colours, turning red then red brown, occasionally ruby red. Easy to grow in full sun or partial shade, in most soils, they however do best and produce the largest trees, in deep fertile soils. Can be grown as an estate or garden tree where there is sufficent space. Pruning is not recommended except to remove any dead wood as to do so will usually destroy the natural shape of the tree.