Northern Red oak, a type of shade tree
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Shade Trees

These deciduous trees grow to at least 50 feet high and develop a broad crown under which you can walk, dine, or rest.

Northern red oak
(Quercus rubra)
Zones 5–9

A broad-crowned classic that prefers moist, well-drained, acid soil. (Avoid in California and Oregon, where it falls prey to sudden oak death disease.) In California's foothills and interior valleys, choose valley oak (Q. lobata) Zones 6–11. It likes full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Both grow 60–75 feet high and at least as wide.
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