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Northern Red Oak


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Less than half of one percent of old-growth forests in the eastern United States have survived post-Columbian settlement, and much of what is left, while old, is stunted by shallow or nutrient-poor soils. Standing before this champion northern red oak in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it is difficult to convince yourself that you are not looking at one of the giant conifers on the West Coast.

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  1. kat October 20, 2013 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Why are re oak trees not on here except the northern red oak tree?

    • Susan Laszewski October 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm - Reply

      Hi Kat,

      This article is a look at just a few of the champion trees around the country. You can search the register for other species’ champions:

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