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26 Northern Red Oak

(Quercus rubra )

The northern red oak is one of North America’s most important oaks for timber production. Quality red oak is of high value as lumber and veneer. Northern red oak is easy to recognize by its bark, which features bark ridges that appear to have shiny stripes down the center. A few other oaks have similar bark in the upper tree, but the northern red oak is the only tree with the striping all the way down the trunk.