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Quercus rubra 'Magic Fire'
  • RHS AGM

red oak 'Magic Fire'

A small-to-medium sized deciduous tree with particularly colourful leaves with pointed lobes. In spring they open butter-yellow, then mature to yellow green. In autumn they become bright yellow for a long time before falling.

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Size
Ultimate height
8–12 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow Green
Summer Green Yellow
Autumn Yellow
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Fagaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Spreading branched
Potentially harmful
Pets (dogs): Harmful if eaten - for further information and contact numbers regarding pets, see the HTA guide to potentially harmful plants
Genus

Quercus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs, with entire, lobed or toothed leaves; flowers inconspicuous, followed by characteristic acorns; sometimes good autumn colour

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Suitable for a small to medium garden. Grow in any well-drained but moisture-retentive soil in good light. Slightly acidic conditions improve the colour.. For more information see tree cultivation.

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings in autunm

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

May be susceptible to oak processionary moth, aphids, caterpillars, leaf-mining moths and oak gall wasps

Diseases

May be susceptible to powdery mildews and honey fungus

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