(Quercus shumardii)
The best oak for scarlet fall color here in North Texas. This pyramidal-shaped tree grows relatively quickly when young, slowing with age and topping out at around 90 feet tall. A good red oak can shade your whole house and reduce your electric bill substantially in the summer. If you have one, take good care of it; construction activity often kills them. Be sure to get a red oak with ascending branches; a lot of pin oak genes are lurking out there which will produce a tree that dies in 5-10 years. With oak wilt and the finickiness of red oaks, you might want to consider one of the many other oaks that do well here.

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