Quercus falcata

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Spanish Oak, Southern Red Oak


Plant Specifics

Size:60-80 ft tall by 60-70 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:Brown
Noted for:Fall color


Recommended Uses:Shade tree.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



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.


Host plant for the banded hairstread, Edward's hairstreak, Grey Hairstreak, white-mouth hairstreak, white-M hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album) Horace's Duskywing, and Juvenal's duskywing butterflies.

Native Habitats:Pine-oak-hickory woods, dry bluffs, sinks, secondary woods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


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