Red Oak

Oak (Red)

Common Name(s)
Red Oak
Scientific Name
Quercus rubra
Tree Distribution
Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada
Tree Size
80-115 ft. tall, 3-6 ft. trunk diameter
Janka Hardness
1220 lbf
Heartwood is a light to medium brown, commonly with a reddish cast. Nearly white to light brown sapwood is not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood. Quarter-sawn sections display prominent ray fleck patterns. Conversely, White Oak tends to be slightly more olive-colored, but is by no means a reliable method of determining the type of oak.
Grain / Texture
Grain is straight, with a coarse, uneven texture. The pores are so large and open that it is said that a person can blow into one end of the wood, and air will come out the other end: provided that the grain runs straight enough.
Pricing / Availability
Abundant availability in a good range of widths and thicknesses, both as flat-sawn and quarter-sawn lumber. Usually slightly less expensive than White Oak, prices are moderate for a domestic hardwood, though thicker planks or quarter-sawn boards are slightly more expensive.

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