Chisos Red Oak


Quercus gravesii

  • Landscape Size: 30’-35’ Tall, 20’-25’ Wide
  • Sun: Full sun
  • Uses: Shade Tree, Fall Color
  • Heat: High
  • Water: Low-med
  • Growth: 3’/year
  • Zone 5-9.

Excellent shade tree with fabulous fall color; spectacular shades of gold and red!

One of Michael Melendrez’s favorite picks for a Shade Tree!

Strong branches and beautiful leaves, a beautiful statement tree. It has spectacular fall color in shades of gold and red, the only oak west of the Pecos to put on such a brilliant display.

Deep roots, Long-lived. Tolerates extremely dry desert conditions but will grow faster if given deep regularly watering and if soils are improved with the help of Soil Secrets. Grows well in most soils, including alkaline, loamy, sandy, well-drained, and clay soils.

The Chisos Red Oak (Quercus gravesii) is a New Mexico Native with annual growth up to 4′ per year but more often, 1′ – 2′ annually. It will ultimately reach 35′ tall and 25′ wide. It has deep roots and is long-lived. The Chisos Red Oak has brilliant red-maroon fall color. Fall leaf color fades to a chocolate brown. Chocolate colored leaves hang on tree through winter. This oak is best grown with low to regular water in well-drained soils. Zone 4.

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