Red Oak

Red oak trees average 60 to 80 feet in height. It is the most plentiful species of oak in the United States making up 31% of the commercially available hardwoods in the country. Red oak from the northeast is known for its beautiful texture and color.  Southern red oak grows faster and taller than its northern cousin thus providing long lengths that are well suited for moulding and millwork. The sapwood of red oak is white to light brown, while its heartwood is pinkish red brown.


Red oak is a heavy and hard with a high shock resistance. The wood is mostly straight-grained with a classic coarse texture that is poplar with consumers. It takes stain and finish beautifully. The wood can have a moderate blunting effect on cutting surfaces, so sharp tooling is recommended.

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Red oak is commonly used for kitchen cabinetry, furniture, wall paneling, flooring, millwork, architectural interiors and caskets.

Other Uses

The tannin in the bark of red oak is used to dye (or tan) leather.